Copper Still Has Value, especially to CLEC's for UNE access and for Ethernet over Copper (EoC). There's a real business case for central office collocation and selling EoC services to businesses.
Cbeyond thinks so too. Cebyond is now going to be using EoC for last mile (where it can) by utilizing Actelis' ML600 Ethernet Access devices and ML2300 Ethernet aggregation switches to deliver up to 100 Mbps via EFM (Ethernet in the First Mile). They are currently trialing 200 customers.
FYI: many of my clients like Hatteras for EoC for price and performance over Actelis.