As far as I can make out, the "100%" thing was started by a local paper report giving too much credence to the generic, vague "100% goal" that NyNet has had since before becoming a BDUK pilot.
Unfortunately, the only real change last week was that SFNY had tentatively decided to spend the £8m (already approved by the council last October) with BT (who could then free up £2m from the USC pot). There was no new money, and no higher percentage of properties that the funding could target. In fact, the number of properties had dropped since the (preliminary) estimate last October, so this was actually bad news, not good!
I can understand a local paper making this mistake.
Mark's ispreview report then repeated this emphasis, without realising that the money had already been approved last year, and that this part wasn't anything new. It wasn't anything worth reporting, in fact.
However, when I saw the reports, I saw that they reported nothing new, but they did tell me that the council had actually had a meeting and discussed broadband. When I went to the source (the NYCC website, with the meeting agenda and minutes), I found the actual report and discussion
Having read these documents, and having read the same things from the meeting in October that approved the £8m (£3m from NYCC, £3m from BDUK, £2m from ERDF) in the first place, I could tell that this money was still for the 90% target. In October it was hoped it would lift coverage to 93%, but it doesn't seem to have turned out this way.
The only real mention of the 100% was related to the phase 3, or SEP, funding. And only mentioned as an end-goal.
In my opinion, the coverage that the phase 2 funding gives (smaller than hoped), and the scale of the phase 3 funding (pretty small, IMO), means that there is still nowhere near enough money to reach 100% yet; not for North Yorkshire at least. It's a huge, sparse, beautiful place that doesn't lend itself to cheap wiring (I'm surprised we don't see 4G or wireless solutions here).
FTTRN might help spread coverage deeper - but I think it will only help it go cheaper if it includes the possibilities of wireless backhaul and/or reverse power. I could be wrong, but I think these will still not reach 100%.
It turns out that there was a lot more worth publishing on items other than the "100%", so it was good to see MrSaffron turn it into a story
. The phase 1 progress, and trial of FTTRN seem much bigger items to me.