Even when it seems likely that broadband infrastructure will be rolled out successfully to underserved areas, it’s not so simple. Article states that Feds are halting rollout for one program until changes are made. It also states, that some of the problems are those brought up by existing telecom providers in the area, backed by certain congressional entities who support status quo.
Don’t know who’s “right” here, but it’s an example of why US falls behind many other countries in broadband infrastructure…the powers that be are often holding things back, and don’t really want competition.
Same as back in the day with the railroads, and other infrastructure that went through various monopoly phases. In any event, US needs to have adequate broadband infrastructure if lean startup services are going to make the difference in education, healthcare, workforce, social services. Access has got to be there…affordable access needless to say.