On the subject of which houses are getting fftp and which aren't, I pursued an enquiry with Grant and Openreach. The responses are:
From Grant (via Chris Hughes da Silva)
..... our understanding is that the roads in which they have so far selected in the area are random ........ sorry I canít give you a more definitive answer ......
You are connected to CABINET-2 OF EXCHANGE Ė POTTERS BAR.
In response to your query, we would like to inform you that we do understand your concern but we have no current plans to make your cabinet fibre enable. Unfortunately, your property isnít currently included in the fibre roll-out for FTTP(FIBRE TO THE PREMISES) .We are sorry that you will be unhappy with our response but having investigated our network data. We can advise that we are not currently able to supply you with Fibre to the PREMISES (FTTP). however, is that cabinet 2, to which you are connected, is not in the plans and, although delayed due to the large amount of work still required, we are currently looking at installing cabinets in or next to the exchange and then connecting up the those lines to provide the fibre. These solutions are only in test at the moment and in the very early stages Our market research team is working hard to provide fibre to all the customers as earliest possible and they are finding best solutions for that. However, we wonít be able to provide you an estimated date as of now. These solutions are only in test at the moment and in the very early stages. We are looking at installing cabinets to provide the FTTC (FIBRE TO THE CABINET)/ FTTP(FIBRE TO THE PREMISES).