While the BDUK process was roundly slated by the Public Accounts Committee and a National Audit Office report created many a headline claiming the project would be two years late in delivering, the reality is a lot more uncertain and as always headlines tend to avoid the nitty gritty detail.
The NAO report estimated that while a General Election 2015 date was going to be missed with respect to the 90% superfast coverage target, by the end of 2015 a target of 88% was still achievable. Ed Vaizey talking at the Parliament and the Internet Conference this week highlighted that he is still hopeful of hitting the 90% coverage target by the end of 2015.
Certainly there is a distinct danger that with all the doom-mongering in the press that the general public could be given the idea that superfast broadband is a mythical beast available to only a handful, and thus not bother looking at upgrades or ignoring upgrade offers from providers assuming they have got their coverage information wrong. A good many people may not upgrade to superfast services as soon as it is available, and our own projection for actual take-up and speeds in 2015 takes this into account.
Independently verifying whether the 90% target has been met in 2015, rather than it being 88% will be a difficult task, but while those without access will still be asking when and where, as coverage increases we expect to see less questions about ADSL2+ and a lot more about the fibre based services.