Call me cynical, but I expect 2014 targets to be met (in that they are not too adventurous), but before then other targets added. Somewhere, someone has worked out which exchanges will give the best population per exchange to get the 80% on 10 Meg+ by 'x' year or 90% on broadband by 'x' year.
I think 100% on ADSL2+ or better by 2015 would be a more suitable target. That way, the limitations are down to distance from the exchange or individual wiring issues, rather than a national strategy shortfall. The wholesalers and the government can at least show willing, and many of the more remote areas will accept their lot due to their location.
Keep in mind that ADSLmax rolled out to most around 2005. Ten years later, and little improvement for many areas etc.
Here's my own situation. Market 3, accessible village. Population of less than 5000, less than 3000 residential premises and less than 100 commercial properties. However, I get 6.5 Meg and healthy pings. I will probably get 12-14 Meg on ADSL2+ (not sure of FTTx speeds). I am not particularly close to the exchange either.
I find it strange that a village which can get such speeds is bypassed for upgrades when it could certianly do with increased business investment (increased BB speeds would help in this case). Suffice it to say my village isn't that needy compared to others, but neither are those exchanges on the list it seems.
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