Re: Be careful what you wish for
Rural Virginia here, less than 20 minutes from the state capital.
A whopping 3 Mbps on DSL - for as long as it lasts. We're at the end of the DSL reach. Our neighbors (300 feet away) get 1.5 Mbps. The next house over gets nothing.
Verizon is not selling any new subscriptions. Comcast cable a mere 3/4 of a mile away - or $75,000. Probably $500,000 or so for our entire road (30+ houses).
Mobile service is spotty and of course comes with a throttle/depriorization/extra cost over 20-25 GB a month.
WISP has been promised for years, but the first company went bankrupt and the next one has delivered nothing more than promises. Keeps the politicians happy and the grants flowing, but doesn't help the residents.
Lest you think we knew this going in, we made sure to check with both Verizon and Comcast before buying the house. "Sure, we can provide broadband service at that address."
Only to get their "sincere apologies" when we called after closing to start the service.
Federal government is hapless also. Question in the latest Census Community Survey:
Something like, "Do you have access to high speed internet, DSL, fiber, cable? Yes/No"
In other words, the feds check the internet box for an address whether it has 0.5 Mbps DSL or 3 Gbps fiber.