Not until internet access is considered a public utility.
mjones52 got it in one, for the U.S. ... "the situation won't improve until the Internet connection is separated out as a public utility such as water or electricity. So yeah, we whine."
In the early days, postal service was considered so essential to the well-being of the nation that a universal service was mandated by Gov't decree. BTW, the U.S. Postal system is a chartered service, not a Gov't agency. Currently it's being strangled to death by Congress so private (read: lobbying) corporate vultures can pick its bones and hi-grade the market, but that's another issue.
Electrical services were private utilities that refused to service anything outside the largest urban centers, so the Rural Electrification Act (REA) was mandated so rural areas could form cooperatives, get low-interest Gov't loans, and build their own electric distribution systems. Only AFTER these were built and the rural service established, did private corporations begin swooping in, attempting to force a take over. Again, lobbyists swarmed the hallowed halls of Congress, screaming of unfair REA competition.
Telephone service soon followed on the REA path, through the same mechanism. Ma Bell, the Bell Telephone Monopoly, refused to service entire rural regions of the nation for the same reason. Local independent telephone cooperatives sprang up to serve enclaves of rural residents, but couldn't interconnect to accomplish universal service. Again, the low-interest REA loans provided the life-blood of capital investment to build the rural infrastructure. Later, the breakup of the Bell monopoly brought affordable, universal long-distance connectivity to rural America.
I know of whereof I speak: I've lived through the experience, on both sides of the situation. I've lived in rural areas of the Western U.S. that struggled to get power and telephone service until the REA made cooperative service possible.
HOWEVER, the moral and community mindset that made universal postal service, and cooperative, Gov't-aided electrical and telecommunications service available across the U.S, simply does not exist today. The U.S. is currently engaged in a political civil war, promoted by corporate and financial interests who are conducting a massive raid on the public purse. The REA has been demonized for decades as a "socialist" intrusion into private enterprise that has outlived its usefulness. There will likely never be a similar program to establish affordable, universal access to hi-speed internet service.
One thing the article fails to explain is the issue of municipal franchise. One corporation is franchised to provide cable internet service in the municipality. No other need apply. The franchise grants a licensed monopoly. Same goes for the DSL service. There is no requirement in the franchise to provide universal service. Wherever the poles/cables happen to go, determines the coverage. Local residents have little voice or choice.
That's the whinging in America. If conditions that existed in the 1900s up through the 1960s had depended upon corporate benevolence, most Americans outside the major metro areas would be burning kerosene lamps and calling over hand-cranked battery-operated party-line telephone lines to Western Union to send a telegram to their big-city cousin.