There are several ways to get a fast Internet connection to the middle of nowhere. Until not too long ago, the only answer would have been "cable" â€” that is, laying lines. Cable TV companies, who would be the ones to do this, had been weighing the costs and benefits. However this would have taken years for the investment to pay off. So while cable companies might be leading the market for broadband access to most people (of the 41% of Americans who have high-speed Internet access, almost two-thirds get it from their cable company), they don't do as well to rural areas.
And governments that try to require cable companies to lay the wires find themselves battling to force the companies to take new customers. Would DSL be a means of achieving this requisite of broadband and bridging the digital divide?