·Verizon Online DSL
Cable companies should capitalize on this No, not by rolling out infrastructure to areas served only by Windstream. But by selling 100 Mbps fiber pipes in town to wireless ISPs. Make 'em sign a noncompete in exchange for a less expensive price for bandwidth (heck, make it a price per subscriber) and profit.
Many Windstream areas are stuck at 3 Mbps down, 768 kbps up. It's not difficult at all to push 5/1 over wireless...
Couple problems with that. First, no one in their right mind would sign a contract that says they can't compete with a cable company because that cable co can then just come in at any time and kick the WISP out. The cable co would never sign a contract that works both ways "just in case" they later decide they want to offer service in the town after all. Second, how exactly would the cable co profit? Running fiber miles and miles is very, very expensive which is why it costs so much and, unlike residential connections, this line is likely to be heavily loaded and thus they won't be able to oversubscribe the equipment/infrastructure/upstream links it's connected to.
So, the cable company would be locking themselves out of an area and losing money on a fiber line to gain what exactly? Pressure on a competitor who's not a threat to anyone?