The meeting of volunteers earlier this year at Ashridge highlighted the need for some help with the technicalities behind both the new and the old Internet connection options. This 8-page PDF aims to do this, and perhaps dispel a few of the more common misunderstandings.
(For more detailed information about all aspects of Fibre-to-the-Home good practice see here.)
Should we aim high for a community interest company setting up its own fibre-to-the-home scheme like Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN)?
Understand the reasons for the unusual Broadband roll-out situation faced in Devon and Somerset
Multiple layers of bureaucracy decide what quality of broadband you'll get when they spend our money.
Here's just enough techie explanation for you to understand how optical fibre has changed things, and why the current roll-out has limitations.
(thanks to B4RN & Walter Willcox)