My city is deploying it based on the market need for it. They are not randomly trying to hook up everybody at once. We were never promised cheaper internet as part of the plan. It is primarily about attracting new businesses and jobs, and that is part of the equation and that has been happening in my area as we are seeing high-tech jobs trickling into a redneck town. In addition, the next part of the development plan to to create a supercomputing cyber park. Even beyond new bisness, I know someone whose company just switched over to fiber. They had no choice not to really. Their servers back up continuously to the cloud and that was sucking up their bandwidth and causing them connectivity issues.
I realize that cheapskates do not want to spend a nickle if they do not personally see a quarter's worth of direct benefit, but this infrastructure is necessary for the future. The hoover dam was a complete financial fiasco, and then came WWII and without it there, we would have been up the creek had the extra generating capacity not already been created in the form of the previously useless dam. That is how these things work. It is very expensive. Ours is deployed underground to protect the lines. That takes a buttload of time, energy and cost as they have to trench and often hand-dig around existing infrastructure in the ground like water, gas, sewer and buried cables. All Obama is doing is trying to give these cities the option of doing it.