Yeah, I am in an area that is severely underserved.
I live in a county that is "officially" considered a part of the Metro Atlanta-area, but we only have DSL offered only around the three small towns in this county. That serves, at best, 25% of the population here. AT&T has shown no interest in rolling out "broadband" to the rest of this county, and neither is Comcast. That leaves no one else.
Yeah, we can use Verizon Wireless "broadband", but it is anything but "broadband", and it is too cost prohibitive, as well as severely limited. I mean, $80 for 10GB, then $10 per GB? On top of the fact that coverage is not that great, and it is rather slow. This is not meant to be a home broadband connection.
There is one small community, which is close to I-20, that has either a VRAD, for U-Verse access, or a Remote Terminal, for DSL-only access. AT&T even has a pretty little banner on the side of it, advertising internet access. I am not sure how those people got AT&T to install that hardware, but it is not an exceeding "rich" area.
I have attempted to talk to the county commissioners, but they refuse to give me any time. Of course, I will see to it that they pay for that, during their next re-election, but that does not get the rest of us "broadband" access. AT&T and Comcast refuse to do anything, but put us on some "waiting list".
There are a lot of potential customers, just on my road alone. I highly doubt these changes will do anything to actually push for the roll out of "broadband" to the rest of us. AT&T, Comcast, and others will just take the money, and roll out upgrades around Atlanta(which sucks money from the rest of the State), and tell the rest of us to "f*** off".
My only option, as of now, is to pay $357 a month for a DS1. If companies refuse to roll out consumer-level "broadband" options for those of us in more rural areas, then they should provide us with DS1 lines at a far more reasonable rate. Perhaps that would sufficiently motivate AT&T, and others, to roll out DSL and/or other "broadband" options.
I live west of Douglasville, GA, in Haralson County. So, no, unfortunately, I am not in the coverage area. AT&T has finally turned on UMTS coverage on my road, but where my home is, I constantly switch from EDGE to UMTS, though more EDGE than UMTS. Also, this is only when I can actually obtain a connection in my home.
My hope is that Comcast will roll out internet in my county, though I doubt it will. Comcast seemed to roll out "broadband", to more areas, more quickly, when compared to AT&T. Outside of that, my only other hope is that Clear offers coverage in my area, or that another WISP provider rolls out more reasonable price packages.
If I could move, I would. Unfortunately, I can't. Since I can't, my only hope is that some provider will start expanding to my area, or I will continue with $100+ bills, and still having extremely limited access to the internet.