Wait a sec - are we talking about the same geographic location?
I'm specifically talking about, and limiting my argument to, the United States, because the article is reporting on the FCC.
Even small towns or villages, if you will, in the US, have access to copper landlines for ADSL and would be a perfect candidate for FTTH because the trenches can be dug and infrastructure can be master planned out.
Most if not all, small towns would see this as a massive selling point for growth. "Come to our town, we got clean air, plenty of space, and Google Fiber!"
But I hear you on the cost - it wouldn't be cheap, but then again, the US taxpayer already paid for some this in the 1970s and 1990s via infrastructure and telecommunications acts that were passed by the US Congress.
As for where did the money end up? Well that's another thing.
This comment was edited on Jul 17, 2022, 14:04.