We have had meetings with the Technical Head of BDUK and our ideas were well received and contributed to some changes/additions in the advisory document they send out to the regions.
We remain in contact and whilst we are NOT recommended in any way by BDUK, we do have friendly access for advice and guidance should we need it which proves very helpful when looking at bids etc.
I was also invited last year to join the Government's "Channel Shift" initiative as one of their "Digital Leader's", which is looking at the "Digital by Default" agenda and how this can be achieved across the UK.
We are also in solid contact with DEFRA re Rural broadband with the same type of relationship in place, together with the Office for Civil Society and other government based organisations that are providing much guidance and, in some areas, practical support for the development of CommunityUK and our initiative.
You are quite right when you say, with regard to BDUK, that the main, top tier suppliers will be responsible for the "backbone" of supply to rural areas but often NOT for the "last mile" to the communities themselves. This is another issue and one that will be dealt with at regional/local level and looks at far more than a simple, commercial solution.
Again, we are involved in this type of activity/discussion in many locations across the UK at the moment.
All round, this is all early days stuff but I can confidently stay we are nicely ahead of the curve at the moment with the CommunityUK approach engendering a lot of genuine interest. In fact our project/initiative has received cabinet level support pretty much from day one. Simply put, we tick many boxes that should be ticked when working with communities. It is MUCH more than a simple commercial WiFi broadband service as others have commented on.
Contrary to what you may believe or read on here - we are an increasingly well thought of and supported organisation and that support is positioned where it counts I am pleased to say.
I hope that answers your questions.