So you think the USA leads the digital revolution?
The USA might, just, have a claim to being the world's leading technology country but when it comes to implementation it stinks.
I was involved in communications implementation in the 4-Corners area - the conjunction of southwestern corner of Colorado, southeastern corner of Utah, northeastern corner of Arizona, and northwestern corner of New Mexico - and especially in the Durango area of Colorado.
The terrain comprises many deep rock valleys radiating like spokes from a hub - it is the ridgeline of the Rockies - and very hard to cross from one valley to the next. There was zero communications is even the well populated valleys - not even landline.
The residents of several valleys formed a telephone cooperative and then they hired the Canadian company I worked for to install, literally, anything that would connect them to the outside world. We decided to install mountain-top systems so two valleys could be served by a single chain of stations. Lots of mountain climbing and helicopter rides!
After we were well advanced with the installation up pops a big-time carrier and they start stringing a few cables where the cost could be recovered.
Now, after 10-years plus, this private venture has beaten back the 'big' guys, maintained the radio backbone and fully-financed fibre optic feeds using lower-cost Chinese equipment. The 'big' guys withdrew - and sold their paltry assets for a nominal USD$1. It was either that or the cost of removing all their poles.
And last I heard the company was still busy connecting remote parts of the States with the rest of the world.
Kentucky and the other States are to be congratulated on taking these initiatives because the commercial outfits aren't - even though fibre optic is so relatively cheap.