I know this issue well as I work in the industry and have been dealing with the same issue for the past year. I have spend the past 4 years attending the rural broadband conferences, listening to the issues discussed with interest but not really understanding. I crossed the rural divide about a year ago and this Queen St farmer has found that the rural dream can be a technology nightmare.
I have had access to a great deal of help from Chorus (they shouldn't have engaged as this is an issue for my retailer) to alleviate my problem (which has helped) but the only answer for me, and I suspect for this issue, is the RBI initiative. This is purely a case of physics and economics. Please note that no other service provider would be stupid enough to put a cabinet in a rural area like Bethels. the numbers don't stack up and the only answer to your and my issue is to get infrastructure , Mobile or fixed, closer to our homes.
Note I work for a technology vendor not for a telco. My comments would apply to all vendors so I have no conflict in interest here. I will talk about fixed and mobile solutions.
I will type up my story and findings and post.