So who installed all the cable systems in most towns and cities in the country 30(+?) years ago? It wasn't HMG, it wasn't BT it was the private cable companies who had just got the franchises. They cherry picked of course, just like BT is cherry picking with FTTC now. Except that BT aren't paying for FTTC, we all are ,but not every one is getting the same service.
That is now not back when the cable franchises were issued. Only just over 10 years ago the cable co's were still quite keen on expanding. The frnchise holder for here said they would cable the town if the backhaul could be provided. Back then suitable backhaul cost the arms and legs of several people ...
Backhaul is still a major problem for small/community ISPs, at one point in the BDUK stuff there was rumour of BT putting in 1 Gbps fibre to isolated places for the local/community ISP to distribute over what ever could be made to work, be that FTTC, FTTP, WiFi, WiMax etc. That seems to have been killed by BT cherry picking with FTTC. This cherry picking also effectively prevents local/community ISPs growing as the bulk of their potential customers are covered by BT's FTTC and thus EU funding for the local ISP gets withdrawn as there is no coverage overlap allowed between BT FTCC and local ISPs.
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