"go the Indian route and string fiber over the existing telegraph poles"
I think that's the only er,... well, it's more economic,.... it's not actually economic for a company, but it's less costly, so I think that's the only reasonable way to achieve it. Unless some way of using the power grid could be used, a several hundred Kilowatt version of Homeplug?
Anyway, that fibre must be agnostic, there's no point hooking up a rural location and then telling the residents they cannot choose their provider. So the first thing the govt needs to do is to stump up some cash, and then also get Openreach and Virgin to agree a standard. Something the Govt should have done ages ago, we should have had a common network.