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said by Alex J. : Maybe it could, but that is not what they were paid to do, specificlly they were paid to develop and maintain a dialtone system, and in the late 40's to the '90's provide hardened telphony backbones between CO's, seperately they (AT&T specifically) built hardened redundant microwave and buried conduits for data links for the military between C&C facilities and assets (missile silo, military bases etc.) a very impressive and expensive system.
] If you calculated the subsidies handed out to U.S. telcos, you could probably wire the country six times over with fiber to the home. People should be very concerned that these companies are now turning their back completely on this infrastructure. In fact, they're just letting those users flee to cable, creating a massive monopoly.
Home Broadband as a service is fairly new 10-15 and only very recently has the federal gov't considered shifting funding from dial tone to broadband.
The point being if you hired someone to very specifically build and maintain a basic FENCE for the last hundred years, you should not now expect if to be a brick wall, and if you now want a brick wall it will likely cost a lot more to build and maintain, and the fence guy isn't going to do it free just because you changed your mind.