I had heard somewhere that Cox Cable offered a 'business cable modem' option, so I went looking for that. After twenty minutes rummaging around on their web site I came up empty handed. But, they do offer a 'broadband Internet only' package for $24.99 a month.
I really want to be able to host my own stuff here, so I took a look at AT&T (nee SBC, nee SNET (poor historic SNETCo, swallowed up by SBC like nothing than an appetizer or an hours d'oeuvre)). AT&T has gotten around to realizing that they do offer DSL in my neck of the woods (it's a case of there's a DSL-capable SLIC a mile from my house, but my particular phone line is home all the way back to the CO some three miles away, so putting DSL on the line will require them to do a provisioning change). They had a "pro" package with 5 static IPs and decent speed for something like $49.95 a month. I hit "order" and started walking through the order system. First, you must buy one of their routers (the cheaper being $79). Ok, I'll swallow it. I know that no one actually sells plain old DSL modems any more. Then the ordering application says that there is "no self-install option for this package" and tells me that a tech needs to come out and install this service for 250 bucks! Um, no. In fact, not only no, but HELL NO!
So I went where I should have started in the first place: NetPlex. I've been a NetPlex customer for various ISP services since 1996. They're a good bunch. They have a decent DSL package for
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