The situation is muddled because of BDUK funding going on at present, which clouds the process in a hidden way, in what is already a hidden process.
But basically, BT will have run your cabinet through their viability calculations, and decided it is not viable. In this case, the lack of viability might be nothing to do with the number of potential subscribers and everything to do with the cost of providing electricity or the cost of getting the fibre there, or the problems associated with actually siting a cabinet (or more than one).
We know that the lowest cost of providing an electrical connection is of the order of £1,000 - but it fluctuates entirely depending on the work needed on the distribution network. For example, if your order is the one that forces a new/upgraded transformer, then your order has to foot the bill entirely - and can change the £1,000 up into the tens (easily) or hundreds (rarely) of thousands.
If, in the next year, someone else foots that bill, then BT could order their connection for a £1,000 again. It makes sense, in a situation like that, to just wait.
A cabinet can thus become viable for no obvious (to Joe Public) reason - and the electricity connection is one example. So your cabinet might just become viable in the future, even without BDUK funding, and even without your petition. The petition *might* help, but is certainly no guarantee.
In the meantime, because you aren't on BT's programme, you *are* on the council's list. Being on the council list doesn't prevent your cabinet from becoming commercially viable in the meantime, but neither does it mean that it will be an automatic beneficiary of the BDUK funding.
Cambridgeshire/Peterborough don't look to be particularly far-advanced in the BDUK process - where the plans are limited to considering totals & percentages. Detailed cabinet & exchange plans will only be started after a contract is signed.
Either way, you are pretty much in the same state as 40% of the country, not knowing whether you'll be passed by, and not knowing when you'll know.
Edit: Just realised you are in Norfolk, so your county plans are certainly more advanced. You'll probably start to discover which exchanges are going to be included soon, but discovering plans for fill-in cabinets has always proved to be harder.
My personal opinion is that BDUK funding is *very* likely to trigger upgrade of cabinets that are fill-in (or previously unviable) on exchanges that themselves were part of the commercial rollout. It is an extremely sensible and cost-effective way to get towards the 90% coverage.
Edited by WWWombat (Wed 02-Jan-13 12:32:22)