reply to timcuth I think they (AT&T) already lobbied here. The result was a requirement to have the citizens approve any referendums before a city can get into the video/phone/hsi biz. See Georgia for the result of thieir lobbying succeeding.
And if they've upgraded (or plan to upgrade) your area with IP-DSL, then they won't dump you area. They upgraded Opelika.
reply to bolt This already happened in Indiana. You'll notice that Indiana is one of the states serviced by AT&T which had a large amount of U-Verse connections implemented - mainly because they were able to bring in the service without purchasing franchise agreements and being required to maintain POTS. The current expansion work (not plans, actual work) being done in Indiana, even in rural areas, on U-Verse is 20X's that of Kentucky - because they aren't compressed with tedious regulation.