its not a dream that burst - just economics of city v rural
fixed line is tough when you have a cable rival but they are building where they planned because that can make money - the article is quite clear re low density places. They will not extend the footprint because it is not going to make money. Thats obviously correct. Rural areas were subsidised in the age of copper build and will need to be so again if they want fibre. No private company can be expected to provide a social service unless paid to do so. Its not their job.