I got an automated call tonight from Verizon, with a message that went something like, we are calling to notify people in your area of free upgrades due to this & that & the other thing, one of the upgrades being high speed internet. I didn't really expect anything out of it, but I stayed on the line anyway just to see what they had to say. So when I got to speak to a living person (who didn't have a funny accent, btw), she brought up my account.
Her: So let's see...You are eligible for an upgrade to unlimited local and long-distance calling for $49.95 a month.
Me: That's the only upgrade?
Her: [silent pause]...yeah...
From the tone of her voice, it seemed that she realized how stupid it sounded and didn't expect me to bite. I told her I wasn't interested, and her "Okay, thank you" sounded like "I don't blame you."
So, Verizon users, there is still not even a whisper of a possibility of high speed internet in this area.