I am moving house to Elstree and had researched the broadband availability at the house. The house is at the edge of the town backing on to a rural location. Towards the town, about 300m from the house there is a fibre cabinet next to an old cabinet. Given there is not another cabinet in the area, I assumed I was connected to this one.
Since I started looking at the house, websites such as BT, everything everywhere, etc have said I am on an FTTC enabled cabinet but reported 13Mb/s (which seemed odd given how close I am to the nearby cabinet). As of today, however, the websites say I am not connected to a fibre cabinet and I spoke to Zen who checked BT's databases and while my exchange is fibre, my cabinet is not. Obviously this is confusing/frustrating. Zen told me I am on Elstree cabinet 2.
I would appreciate anyone's thoughts on the situation and particularly the following questions:
1) Can I find out where Elstree cabinet 2 is located so I can confirm whether there is a different cabinet?
2) Can I find out when Elstree cabinet 2 will be FTTC enabled?
2) Can ISPs connect to fibre aggregation nodes at BT FTTC cabinets and use BT's backhaul from here? If I am not connected to the closest cabinet, could I just install fibre for myself or setup my own mini/community ISP for the road by installing fibre from the closest cabinet to the house and then distributing it to anyone else on the street who wanted it? I had been planning to get FTTPoD but if BT won't let me do it because if their existing network route, I could have it installed - I recognise it will be expensive but given the rural location, it should be quite straight forward to install with the cable only needing to go under (or over?) one road (assuming the fibre aggregation point is next to the cabinet).