mac5155 wrote:Armstrong Cable. I'm in a borough though, homes aren't super spread out. I think rural areas close to me only have Verizon DSL and Satellite TV options.
That's definitely where the government would throw a wrench into it. For example, Verizon spent time in the mid 2000s updating their phone lines in the city of Pittsburgh to fiber optic. They were doing it where they saw strategic value - areas like Shadyside, Highland Park, and Point Breeze, where they knew they could get a faster return on Fios internet service.
When it came time to ask the city if they could sell tv service over those same lines the city made them promise to offer it everywhere - Homewood, Fairywood, Knoxville, etc - in a specific time frame. If Verizon had their way they probably wouldn't offer service in some of those areas.
So its very possible someone might want to set up the "town" with service, but to do so they'd have to wire up the entire outlying area.