This excellent article from the BBC reports that the EU funding road-block is expected to end soon. It includes an attack on BT’s pricing policy and critisism of UK broadband strategy from the FTTH Council for Europe. This is highly recommended reading, along with this related and informative blog post. Having witnessed the huge amount of work required to get fibre to the Ewhurst cabinets, a variation in the price per cabinet seems inevitable. But the degree of secrecy surrounding these expensive contracts surely cannot be in the public interest. We still await publication of detailed information as to what level of broadband services the taxes spent on our behalf by Surrey County Council are expected to achieve across the county. The headline figures quoted so far seem pretty meaningless in isolation.