Lobbying is often essentially bribery by another name
Not only lobbyists, but ATT, comcast, Verizon...all of them sue cities and smaller companies and attempt to keep them from being able to implement their own.
"Money makes the world go around, the world go around, that clinknig clanking sound that makes the world go round."
i'm a little wary of that study because it
a) only compares the base entry rate (at least 25Mb/s), which may or may not satisfy modern bandwidth requirements (e.g., you can have a 4k stream with 25 Mbit but it will completely saturate it)
b) doesn't even compare the same quality of service. So for example, several of those base entry speeds for the local broadband is slower than the base entry speeds for the national cable companies (there are also a few where that's reversed as well).
What I would be curious about is a standard rate (say 100Mbit down) and see what each region/company charges for that.
No, the main reason is that there is a never ending amount of people who only ever say "it can't be done" without actually learning about the thing in the least bit. We need more "this is how we can do it" and far less "nope can't do it" kinds of people. Just go into any thread where someone tries to talk about the ease of actually developing a localized ISP and the almost deafening response they get from people who provide nothing useful at all.