If it were not for the equipment pricing then I figure this would have been a LOT more popular. If these were made in bulk and more people were buying these things then the price would come down a bit wouldnt it? Also couldnt there be a monthly plan to where you pay so much a month of a long period of time, like a loan? How about a company leasing these out? It could bring in good money over the long term but the problem is if another standard comes along or cheaper hardware comes out or cable or wireless comes out in their area that is cheaper, then they would rid of it, and then that company would have a loss. One could at least have an upfront fee which would help some of the costs.
I wish I could start something up in my area to serve over the county and surrounding counties over several miles, and I have heard of such setups out there.