Originally Posted by undecided
Yes I am the Bay Area as well (Santa Cruz mountains) and Comcast is only real option. There is Verizon DSL (which used to be 6 Mbps in my location but now 3 Mbps is the max thanks Verizon 'optimizing' the lines) - but they seem to be actively trying to lose customers so they no longer have to service the copper wires. There is only a tiny pocket of Verizon DSL locally (Morgan Hill / Los Gatos - inherited I think from GTE) and Verizon seems to have no interest in this tiny pocket of subscribers - there will never be FIOS here.
AT&T and Verizon are actively dumping off DSL, in fact copper altogether as that is where the rules and regulations are that they don't want to adhere to anymore. Get rid of the copper and no more restrictions on having to provide service, not having to stay within regulated pricing models, "I'll provide service to you but not you over there," etc. The two largest telcos are done with copper, and they both are actually done with their fiber rollouts as wireless is where the money is. They both pretty much wrote the rules for wireless and the FCC rubber-stamped it, meaning that there is no such thing as 'Net neutrality when it comes to wireless networks, the telcos can do essentially whatever they want. Also, you'll never see Verizon FIOS in an AT&T U-verse area and vice versa, they don't cross pollinate their hardwired service areas. In some areas like Sandy-hit communities Verizon has suggested you contact the local cable TV company(Comcast and their ilk) as they(Verizon) are not going to replace the wires that were destroyed in the hurricane.
Broadband in this country is a complete mess, and excruciatingly anti-consumer, "pay me what I want, or do without, period".