Re: I hereby declare...
Are you going to forcibly reinstall copper telephones lines for those of us who moved onto a 21st century technology?
The problem with "superfast" (anyone else get annoyed by the dumbing down of using such phrases in official government literature?) broadband is that you have to have a market of people who want it. In those places where it's not present, it might be wanted - or not - but there's no ongoing market.
We're deliberately spending money on something that's not profitable - which isn't a bad thing if it's for the benefit of enough people - but I don't see the benefit here for those people as opposed to just, say, put out a subsidised satellite broadband service to the UK. If one company can deliver satellite TV on its own, surely we can do better than paying BT to install fibre to a box in the middle of the Hebrides or whatever, and then charging people a fortune to actually get it to their house and use the damn thing?
I think the money would all have been better spent on just pushing 3G cell masts into every corner of the country, even five years ago. Be a country with 100% cellphone coverage, "broadband" wherever you like for a reasonable price (not claiming it's cheap), proper competition for the delivery services, and upgradeability for the future. The knock-on effects for industry (having ubiquitous cell coverage is very handy), small business, large business, consumers, etc. is marred only by the occasional camouflaged cell mast.
And you don't need to run cables to people's doors, don't need buckets of fibre (some, obviously), don't need to worry about line-of-sight or inclement weather, can upgrade quite easily, and EVERYONE benefits - even visitors to the country.
All this faffing about while such technology is available, even if it's "part" of the superfast broadband rollout, is just wasting money. Build an official cell-tower on a "government" network until you've blanketed the country, sell service on them to the mobile companies, who can sell service to anyone within range. At least you're getting something for the £100,000 that you had to throw on it to get the one-man-village John-out-in-the-sticks onto broadband. And also kill two problems with one stone - broadband, and emergency phone call coverage.