I recall at the time the letter came through the door asking if we were interested in a connection (were we!) and the terms were straightforward. They would tee off the new main to the curtilage of our property for a modest fee - and it really was modest as they took into account the fact the navvies were there anyway laying the main so it was little more than the cost of the materials they used.
|Thames Water lay new main|
And so, with the help of a local builder and his mini digger, we did.
Lookng back it sounds a lot like the community next generation Internet connection to the digital village pump.
Instead of expecting the phone company (or cable TV company) to come to your house (right into your living room even) the handoff could be out in the street. The tee off the new fiber village backbone could be a small access box on an outside wall, gate post, or even shallow buried in a small access chamber (like the water meter.)
Much like today's phone connection via the BT master socket, the access box would be a two part affair. The back side would be for the backbone - securely shut, no fiddling with this side please - and the front side would be a simple face plate covering a fiber jack socket where the customer would attach their fiber.
This neatly solves the demarcation problem and makes the cost model for a community network simpler.
You can make your own joke about the parallel between sewage and Internet content.