I know someone who lives in the middle of nowhere, with no neighbours.
Their ADSL speed is 1 download, FTTC is enabled on the cabinet they're connected to (in the nearest village) but it's 5km away which is too far for FTTC.
Is there any hope for better speeds for people like this?
There is a USO (universal service obligation) planned, estimated to be March 2020.
"The broadband universal service obligation (USO) will give people in the UK the right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection. Under the USO, eligible homes and businesses will be able to request a connection, where the cost of building it is no more than £3,400."
More info can be found on Ofcom's website Here
Some exchanges offer the quite expensive FTTPoD / FoD (Fibre On Demand) which costs a fortune to setup but after the initial 12 month minimum term, you can then change to any FTTP/H provider under standard rates.
Openreach in partnership with BDUK are building FTTP in dozens of rural locations.
This myth that only people in Town/Cities can and will only get it is old and boring now.
I Install FTTP on a daily basis and an urban area to me is a Village or Hamlet with usually no more than a few dozen houses. The bulk of my work is in remote rural areas.
We had one so remote a while back I couldn’t even drive my Vivaro down the 3km track to the end users house so he came and got us and our gear in his 4X4.