Back in 2002, Cory pointed to Kushnick's "The Unauthorized Biography of the Baby Bells & Info-Scandal".
As this summary says, "By 2006, 86 million households should have already been wired with a fiber ... This wiring was to be done in rich and poor neighborhoods, in rural, urban and suburban areas equally. In exchange for building these networks, the Bell companies ALL received changes in state laws that gave these them excessive profits, tax savings, and other perks to be used in building these networks." at least $200 billion.
As far as I can tell, the subsidies continue, and the fiber-to-the-door still hasn't appeared.
We should insist that the FCC make the telecom companies complete fiber-to-the-door before they are allowed to start "fast-lane" internet charges.