I live in North Carolina but am currently on a little R and R here in Okinawa after a tour in Iraq. It saddens me to always hear these stories because I have been to many countries with some absolutely abysmal internet service providers that basically have a stranglehold on all the bases I have been on by a private agreement with the US Govt somehow. I dont see why they would have a problem with having a community ran ISP since they could easily just make it a utility. We have citizen ran electricity providers where I ocme from and they turn out just fine.
Just my two cents.