Can't be bothered... lol
It isn't surprising. Rants are often illogical, without reference to the facts. In this case, I agree that the facts are limited to those supplied by BT themselves, but they do seem to be sensible...
Homes passes doesn't necessarily mean the service is available. T
I wonder how the figures compare if you were to add up the lines on all enabled exchanges? Then compare that with the number BT say can get it. Would either be a shock as they'd match and therefore BT is lying or reveal just how few cabinets per exchange are getting enabled.
Prepare to be unshocked...
In our area (North Yorkshire) there are so few exchanges being enabled (pre-BDUK) that makes the figures easy to spot: BT tend to do "regional" press releases that mention, say, a batch of 3 or 4 exchanges - either when they have been included in the rollout plans, or when they are available. Those releases tend to have total of "number of homes" figures that are about 75%-90% of the numbers that can gleaned from SamKnows.
And the rollout plan spreadsheet (the Dec 2011 one, showing postcode coverage) itself tended to show the same kind of results - coverage of the majority. It was especially interesting to combine the data from that document with the "batchgeo.com" website, to create maps of coverage.
What is the problem is the dates that keep slipping and all the uncertainty of where and when/if. This is where the figures are really open to debate, as after all they are just estimates.
That's they key problem - getting the right information, reliably and deemed trustworthy. I agree that BT are pretty poor at this on an individual level - and absurdly bad for those who get repeatedly put back.
Unfortunately the scale works against us here, as we humans find it too easy to focus on the one delayed cabinet, and too hard to see the big picture. It is, unfortunately, too easy to extrapolate wrongly, and to start to rant in protest when we see 10 or 20 delays.
However, with BT managing to pass between a million and 1.5 million homes each quarter, that's between 2,500 and 3,750 cabinets (or 200-300 cabinets each week). We barely hear from the people on those cabinets that *are* enabled.
In our heads, the emotional response only cares about 1 cabinet - our own. The rational response over the other 2499 doesn't get a look in.