Re: gigabit is not aimed at the likes of you.
"I have no doubt that the industry will find ways to fill the bandwidth."
They already have, in the form of multiple video ads on every web page. While this doesn't require Gbps either, it does make gui web browsing nearly impossible for jake and other like him in rural areas that are drastically underserved.
I am in a similar situation to Jake, living in rural Tennessee. My wife and I both work mostly from home and have been struggling for years to get any sort of broadband service. Our options are T1 and Satellite. We just replaced T1 service that was in excess of $350 US per month, with business satellite from Viasat that is just under $200 US.
I have negotiated with both Spectrum Cable and AT&T to provide us with cable and fiber, respectively. AT&T has fiber running along the Tennessee river supplying manufacturers. The closest fiber is about 1500 m from the border of my property. (Spectrum leases fiber from AT&T to provide cable to a waterfront community a few miles away.)
Spectrum quoted me $86,000 US to run 1500 m of cable. AT&T is much cheaper and will run fiber for Ethernet service for only $11,000 US. In both cases, it was expected to take 6 to 9 months, as they had to petition the state for a right of way for a few hundred m along a state highway. So you see? What are they talking about? Gbit Ethernet service is available even in rural East Tennessee!
Yes, we could really use a fast Internet connection, and no, we will not give up our horse ranch in order to have it. We WANT Gbit service, but we do not NEED it.