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reply to tmc8080

Re: only way out..

There's a big population density issue here.

Brooklyn, NY has 2.5 million people, in 71 square miles.

All of Maine has 1.3 million people - spread out through 35,000 square miles.

That's a *lot* of fiber to go to the end users - a lot of copper to replace. And just the labor costs of threading new cable on telephone poles is quite expensive - and Maine doesn't have the most thriving economy.

Would I prefer fiber-to-the-premesis? For sure. Is it "economical?" Not really at this point. I'm not holding my breath.