Re: good starting point
I've just had fttp installed at home 5 years after BT telling me they could never better the 1mb connection I was lucky to get twice a week on the aluminium lines serving our rural village. 5 months ago a fibre box appeared on the shared utility pole outside our house. We now have 190mb internet and phone with no copper or aluminum in sight. It transpires that in our area BT are going 18miles (via poles) from the city exchange in all directions. And it turns out to be a cheaper exercise than upgrading all the sub exchanges (our closest being 2miles away) and laying new copper lines to replace the aluminium.
I must admit I feel like I am living in 2100, now having fast internet and a telephone line I can use without hearing my neighbours conversations.