If you live in Canada – especially rural Canada – I encourage you to go participate in Industry Canada’s internet access mapping project. You can select where you live, what connection options are available there, and post any comments you may have about the service you do (or don’t) have.
My family’s cottage (the closest I have to regular rural access) has access, but there’s only one provider – Rogers – and it’s somewhat expensive, especially if you just connect it for two months each year like we do. I’m not staying up waiting, but if enough Canadians participate in this – especially in non-cities – there’s the potential for introducing some type of universal service obligation, guaranteeing all Canadians, no matter how rural their area, affordable internet access. As may people have said, rural internet access is the new rural electrification (or a new human right, depending on who you ask)