Iowa has some of the most progressive telecommunications infrastructure in the United States. For people treating the area like fly over country the rural farmers and people banded together to build some of the best networks in the USA.
Municipal utility Cedar Falls Utilities provides fiber optics to the home and is taxpayer-funded and owned. https://www.cfu.net/tv-internet/
Iowa Communications Network is a taxpayer-supported public fiber optic Network that connects hospitals, schools and other nonprofits around the state they've had a lot of corruption scandals and are poorly run. But its still shows how the people value connections and want to build good infrastructure. https://icn.iowa.gov/
I have worked in telecommunications for almost 10 years I've worked for both ILEC and CLEC companies. competitive local exchange carrier over build in a lot of established markets and were created by the 1996 Telecom Act.
ILEC companies are incumbent local exchange carrier those companies were the phone companies in areas before MA Bell break up in 1980’s a lot of companies that have that status are for profit and seldom reinvest the money in ways that the end user benefits. I currently work at a cooperative that has been around since the 1950's and services rural areas all of their incumbent plant has been over built with fiber optics to the home they have no data cap and everyone pays the same price. People move to the towns that we service because of how good our internet service is for a lot of people that is not the main reason they move to these towns but it does factor in and makes people want to stay longer.
I've worked at for-profit telecom companies and seeing the difference in how they invest how they treat their employees and how they treat their customers a lot of the for-profit companies are run for short-term profit and indifference to fixing long-term underlying problems why do that when you can just put a Band-Aid on it.
The member-owners of the cooperatives understand that they set the policy they own the network not some large corporation, not some government office, but the end user.