reply to biochemistry
Re: Unlimited I don't think that unlimited is pro-consumer as it encourages network congestion.
I think that for areas that they can serve wirelessly that don't have DSL or the ability to build out the cable plant, they should make specific plans for, that offer 50-100GB/mo for a reasonable price, but locked down to a few specific rural towers, so that those plans and devices can't find their way into Manhattan or something where congestion is a big issue.
It's a tough issue for people who have lived there a long time. If you moved there recently, then it would be your fault for not picking somewhere with land-based connectivity.
That, and I don't think my rear is too spoiled, having an old Comcast system that gets upgraded 5 years behind most of the rest of the company, and no valid option for DSL (they can only provision us at 1500kbps because we're at 11 kilofeet).
Guess what? People move where there are jobs and believe it or not there are jobs outside the big cities. And also believe it or not, you don't have to live in a city of 3 people to live in a city without landline broadband. Even newer middle class subdivisions in average sized towns get stuck without landline broadband. Congestion is easily satisfied by building more capacity. Verizon and AT&T aren't hurting for profits.
There is only so much spectrum. Then those residents need to get together and do something about it, whether building a WiSP, or going to the local government to get cable through franchising agreements, etc.
The local governments need to be smart, when granting the franchises. Heck, there are two islands in New Hampshire that are inhabited for a few months a year that are getting a cable system, complete with submarine fiber to feed it, because the towns were smart and said that if 10 customers per cable mile want any cable service for a year, the cable provider is required to build or they can kiss their lucrative franchise bye bye. Result: one island got cable, complete with a fiber crossing that was surveyed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and several miles of cable. The other one will soon if there are 10 customers to sign up. In CT, AFAIK, if a cable provider wants a franchise agreement, they either get 100% of a town or 0% of a town, there is no half-assing it and not building out to everyone. I'm pretty sure we have 100% cable availability across the state.