I mentioned yesterday about a technology the telcos could install at the 3 km mark in their trunk line called a "repeater". Well, today I typed "DSL repeater" into Google and this is what came up on the page about 3/4 of the way down of the Wikipedia page
This is a very new technology which allows DSL to travel longer distances to remote customers. One version of the repeater is installed at approximately 3 km (10,000 ft) intervals along the trunk line, and strengthens and cleans up the DSL signal so it can travel another 3 km (10,000 ft).
Now of course the problem as I see it, is to get the telcos to install them for us more rural customers who can't really afford Satellite Broadband. Nor can we just pick up and move closer to a connection point.