xDSL at a distance of more than say 3Km and it ain't broad band. The telcos have only themselves to blame for this. For decades they continued to milk and squeeze the American consumer and businesses with their services that were built using government funds and support and their lobbied for monopolies. 25 years ago when the cable companies started to get serious about providing internet service on their trunks the fat and healthy telcos stood back and let it happen without a bit of a fight. They were so use to having their monopoly and way with the customers that they were drunk with profits and power. By the time they were awoken from their largess the cable companies were really and truly entrenched in the very same markets that the telcos had run rough shod over. The barn door being left open and the whole ranch having run out they did what any smart business does, they doubled down on their crappy and woefully out of date infrastructure and milked the customer even harder. Cable companies, laughing all the way to the bank, simply leveraged their installed cable backbones and offered more and better services. The cable companies were driving wooden stakes into the vampire telcos hearts from every direction. xDSL to the rescue! BUT, it ran on old lines that were in some cases over the age of the execs that were now bilking you and me. If you were lucky and close to the CO you might be able to get 7 or 8Mbps. Most of us were lucky to even be able to get xDSL at 1-1.5Mbps. Meanwhile the cable companies and their equipment suppliers invested heavily in their backbones and ran fiber to the neighborhood and the RT feeding the trunks, the last mile as it were. Now they were poised to deliver. All the while they are also able to take advantage of the laws the Telcos had managed to slip into the law books, and by extension the public's ass, making it illegal for municipalities to build out a backbone or last mile. This applied even in places where they had no economic interest or incentive to provide service due to low density of population and demand for high margin services. I am going to say it again. Repeal the laws blocking municipalities from building out backbones and feeding the last mile and take it back for the public. Make all the value added service providers route through the municipal CO and destroy their strangle hold on the public.