This is supposed to happen through the use of USF funds.. however, what we apparently see is a small library in the middle of nowhere getting a $12k cisco router powerful enough to serve a small college (complete with cabinet, racks and cooling gear) that fit a medium sized closet. total installation cost $500k.. did I mention that it's served with an internet pipe equal to the highest tier that a residential account can get in the neighborhood... insane..
$500k could have brought last mile broadband to 100 or more homes in a suburb or 20-50 homes in a rural zone-- where AT&T, Comcast and Verizon REFUSE TO BUILD, but will not let others try...
Do we really need the 'MOVE IT!!' OR LOSE IT LAW (MONOPOLY FRANCHISE RIGHTS FOR INTERNET ACCESS) ??
If these companies don't upgrade a specified geography say, within 7 more years (suburban), 12 years (rural) to a minimum broadband.. say 100/100 megabits, they lose exclusive franchise monopoly rights and no law can override or restrict a community's access to get outside competitors.
It's not surprising that broadband would be more popular around universities since most colleges will have a cluster of fiber/coax supporting peak usage of hundreds of megabits (minimum) +
Stony Brook University (SUNY) used to have multiple T3 telco lines back in 94 and OC192s in 96/97-- can't imagine it being less than 100GIG fiber by now..
I posted eariler from work but even at a University as large as UNC Chapel Hill, we only have dual 10gig uplinks in diverse path and that is not even maxed out according to our director of networking. Even Universities might not have the total thoughput you would think. Anything larger then 10gig uplinks is expensive. BYW - Duke, UNC, and NC State are all Gig.U members and they are less than 20 miles distance between the three.
Two major factors in NY's advantage.. MAJOR backbones of the internet run into the heart of NY state and fiber optics by the major telcos from NY tel, to bell atlantic to Verizon and the cable companies run fiber throughout the NY metro area.. This geography BLEED excess fiber optics, thus making a research university like Stony Brook high up on the list to get the tech toys.. even if they dont' fully utilize them. Maybe (residential campus computing) isn't 100gig (multiple 10's? since avg speed is 40mbits per user, not including wifi connections).. and the network is probably partitioned so that the Internet-2 connections are separate from the main network.. Where Stony Brook left off using these I2 pipes with Computer Science.. they pick up using it for the telemedicine and other applications.. they just don't heavily advertise that they have them because they are special purpose connections. They constantly do upgrades to the fiber optic signalling equipment to break new throughput records per strand and that story isn't told as much anymore. The average residential consumer won't probably see internet-2 speeds in their lifetime unless working under these conditions because the telecom industry are greedy, and conservative in their aproach to broadband deployment-- even Verizon and Google.