Anyways it doesn't matter. I have no chance to get FTTH where I am (Metro Detroit) anyways. Unless I move... It's simply an AT&T and Brighthouse (cable monopoly) with unlimited 60Mbps. I'm paying for 30Mbps down/2Mbps up and getting 25Mbps and 1.5Mbps up on speedtest.net. The problem with cable is the upload speed. I wish I had better upload speed so I can upload to servers faster (cloud).
So in reality certain areas of Canada and certain areas of the US have better broadband speeds than where I am.
Your definition of essential might be different than mine but I think you are conflating NEEDs with WANTs.
Yup, a very common problem.
I cannot think of any genuinely essential consumer/governmental/financial online services that requires more than the slowest speeds currently available now that speeds below 5Mbps are nearly history. Nobody needs FTTH to file online taxes, do online banking, check weather forecasts, emails, job advertisements, shopping, etc.
video conferencing for distance education/health care is probably the most bandwidth intensive legitimate internet use, 5Mbps is ok for that, but symmetrical would be better, so people can see you as well as you can see them.
What is the difference? Its deployed much like Bell here. FTTH is not available everywhere, in fact, rather limited. My parents live down there, and I visit various states of Mexico often. Forget that many companies show its available, until they come to your door, and its not.
The population of the greater Mexico City is over 20 million people. All of Ontario doesn't even come close to those numbers. Forget that any utility upgrades are a PITA, and take forever down there. In Guadalajara, 5/1 is all my folks can get right now over pots. Cable has faster speeds, but, still not even in the hood of 200/200.