This letter from Mr David Tapley in the Sunday Times on 25th May caught my eye:
A cable company was paid by the Government to lay fibre into our village to connect the local junior school and agricultural college to the internet. The trouble is, it is not allowed to connect anybody else in the village. So, despite having a fibreoptic cable running 50m past both sides of my house (paid for in taxes), I cannot get access.
This appears to reinforce my view that the Government is in disarray on this issue, with Health and Education pursuing their own programmes while the DTI struggles to make sense of the PM's November commitment that the huge tax spending on broadband for the public services would also bring broadband to rural communities. I've written to the e-Minister asking him to explain . . .