So far out in the country, I've concluded after waiting almost 10 years for it, cable broadband is never going to make it to my neck of the woods. My wife and I are so sick of dial-up we finally bit the bullet and had WildBlue Satellite Broadband installed. At $250 for the install and $49 per month it isn't cheap but I have to say now that we have it, it's worth it. Things like automatic updates for Windows, Virus scan programs and others are no longer a big hassle. The pictures in the Beesource Photo section also make it worthwhile and of course, there's Youtube, actually a very entertaining website. If you've been thinking about it, I would recommend it.
My house now looks like some sort of government installation with the TV antenna, DirectTV dish, scanner antenna and now the larger WildBlue dish.