the digital region project in south yorkshire in the early 2010's is a prime example of a failed independent fibre network.
this went belly up as it failed to gain subscribers - and was a nightmare for people to move of off due to no migration process for Sub LLU - remember the old days of 'tag on the line?'
many subscribers were left without internet for weeks, with some ordering a second line to get around the problem.
fortunately things have improved somewhat in terms of availability and migration provesses
They were told by many residents & interested groups that what they were planning was a white elephant, yet the big headed council bosses ignored all advise.
They should have rolled out FTTP as many of us suggested at the time. Even if this meant prioritising certain areas. All the DRL cabinets were ripped out years ago. However, I believe they did sell the ducting - although very little evidence of usage by whoever took it over (at least where I live) so at least some value could be potentially possible.
One massive waste of money though overall.