Verizon's build out was designed to be in affluent communities. If you look at the average income of where FTTH is deployed the income is above the national average. Verizon is only going to where the demographics are going to pay. They will not deploy in low income areas. So they are now at a standstill.
Thats not true in my area. They deployed it to the county seat. That town has the lowest income in the county. EVERY town that surrounds it has higher per capita income and more residents. Cherry picking in my area? not so much. Cable internet in my town is decent $33.03 for 25/5. But id still jump to FIOS in a heartbeat