I ask the same question over and over on differnet forums but here goes.
I have 342 Houses in my area. If half of that many people got even the SLOWEST DSL service from ATT ATT would make 30k dollars a year. Isnt that enough demand for some supply. Once again distance is about 5 ish miles. I think they built out to one of our schools. Five or four. Wouldnt that many people subscribing quickly pay for itself. Also like ive said before, they went down to even lower population areas.
Edit: The lower pop area they went to has a population of 160 Vs our 600 and 93 houses versus our 342 stated above.