Re: Fighting over cities
so you want all those farmers who sell direct to the public to move into the Cities? (ok, so I'm being simplistic)
I know this was tongue in cheek, but there is a very valid point to be made.
As I mentioned above, reasonable investment needs to be made in rural areas to provide reasonable speeds. When starting out, this farmer will be a small scale operator, and a 4-8Mbit pipe would be more than adequate (heck, 1-2 would do). His website will be hosted elsewhere, and other things can be done to allow more work to be done over a limited pipe.
If he gains traction, he has options. He can pay for satellite internet, for instance. Or he can open a small office and/or warehouse closer to a city. As he starts to grow the business, more options open to him.
So, for a small start-up, a relatively modest connection will do. As the business grows, he will have to ensure he exploits the best available options to keep up. But nothing is held back, as long as a reasonable basic service exists from the start.
Let's face it, the only reasons he would need "super-fast broadband" from the start are:
* He has lots of staff from day 1, which most wouldn't,
* He is self-hosting, which would be insane,
* He want's to stream Netflix, which really has nothing to do with the business.