Here is a good article that does a good job of laying out the basic issue and the conflict many communities are facing with sub-par broadband options that inhibit their competitive positions in the world economy..
This article indirectly makes the much the same point that the US didn’t develop the world’s most powerful manufacturing capacity by waiting for Wal-Mart to build an interstate highway system to move those goods to market. The successful economies in the world merely applied this important lesson the US seems to have forgotten, when the Internet began to replace the highway as the main means to markets.
Our failure to remember our own lessons and a rigid adherence to mistaken dogma have caused the US average broadband speeds to continue to drop dramatically behind the rest of the developed world.
An Open Letter to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue: Support Community Broadband