The December edition of the Superfast Surrey newsletter is rather more informative than the last few. It reveals that the more challenging jobs have now been relegated to a secondary deployment; i.e. as per usual practice, Openreach just bump them back one “quarter” at a time, and thus completion is currently scheduled for the end of March. This includes Ellens Green, at least for those who will be within FTTC range of the fibre cabinet. This over-run was always to be expected for a small number of cabinets requiring complex way-leave negotiation, but it is very disappointing that work on “premises where there is currently no viable fibre solution” has been left until this late stage. Critically, we still have little idea which premises this might apply to, or what the alternative solution will be. One thing we do know is that the Ewhurst outliers are excluded (“commercial area”), but potentially those just down the road in Ellens Green could be included (“intervention area”). The newsletter also implies that SCC do not yet know what funds might remain to cover these premises, which seems rather shocking at this stage of the project.