A missing part of the story...
...is the government forcing the high cost of rural Broadband. The wires in-the-air terminate at a Telco box about 11k wire feet from my residence. That is the closest fiber. The wires are all underground from the Telco box to my demarc. The government is requiring like-for-like on any upgrades. So to bring newer technology (think fiber) to my residence would mean trenching and running 11k feet of fiber underground. The government will not permit the telco to drop some poles in the ground. Nor will they allow the telco to put the fiber on the existing power company poles.
Telcos suck, they are profiteering monopolies. However, government regulation is forcing them in to this cost prohibitive situation.
Once again, government is part of the problem, not the solution.