What Should We Have Expected?
Let's be clear about this - in countries 1/10 or 1/100 the U.S. geographical footprint, deployment can be considerably more efficient. More importantly, however, is the fact that 20, 15 or 10 years ago the desire to develop universal fast access broadband through government policy and subsidies never happened. That's a political issue.
This is a fractious society in which we live and to get the U.S. Congress to agree to spend $10-30 billion to shore up the New Orleans levy system after Hurricane Camille never happened. Should we expect Congress to say it is in our enlightened interest as a nation to take resources from across the country to protect NO from a category 5 hurricane?
If not, is low-cost subsidized broadband to the boonies and everywhere else realistic? Everybody wants something as either a social good or competitive need but we are unwilling to pay for it.
So, when the private sector makes a decision to invest and bring 35M/35M service to a home at $30-65/mo and people DON'T buy it, what's the point about 150/35 or 1G, 10G or whatever speed you want? The vast majority of the public is unwilling to pay more than a certain amount for broadband at high-powered speeds, but companies shouldn't be expected to charge them low prices.
If broadband is a public utility in people's minds, then the government either will need to provide a subsidy or use the classic model - an untenable one IMO - of having a company PROVE a reasonable return on investment for a guaranteed share of the market, as it were.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Best Frack'n Take of this entire thread. I have a family member that lives in Fios country and he almost didn't get it because he was pissed off by all the construction that went on prior to completion in his "hood". Now he has Fios-and loves it(I checked out the installation-way classy job by the installer-wired whole condo, ONT in the garage, ect). BUT...he's happy as a clam with 15/2 service(that's what he told me he's getting). Great TV though(HD looks great). Why did he get it? 'Cause the cable co. wouldn't wire to a specific part of his condo. Go figure... Most people don't care about 35/35 speeds. That's why Fios is having such a hard time getting customers, people feel they don't need the service. This is a marketing issue....and Fios needs to do some sort of marketing that blows away cable. Like ALL channels are 1080p HD. 35/35 internet for $60 a month. That can be done. Question is...do they want to.