Re: Croydon ... I live next door (Wallington)..
Ah yes... dear Wallington where where United A*seholes cabled all the streets surrounding Roundshaw but not the estate itself, so that winter we had weeks of trailing mud around from pavement excavations for no gain.
It was at that point I raised a finger to the concils dish ban ... borrowed a very long ladder and stuck a dish on the thrid floor (above deck level).... those flats might have been run down... but the concrete was tough.
Where I am now we get ignored for good stuff by the twonks in Cardiff bay over 100 miles away... The only full fibre we are likely to see comes in packet form.