writes "I'm moving, and I'm shopping for new high-speed internet service. I've been using speakeasy DSL for 7 or 8 years, and I've been very happy with the service. They give me static IP, no restrictions on servers, a really fast link, and incredible uptime. With Speakeasy, by my rough calculations, my uptime (not counting scheduled outages) has been on the order of 0.99991. When I've had to make changes, the customer support has been quick and knowledgable. I run my own servers (SMTP, HTTP, DNS). It hasn't been cheap (but not incredibly expensive). I do know that AT&T UVerse and Time Warner Cable are available. (For television I use DirecTV, and I do not want to change, particularly to Time-Warner... when DirectTivo comes back in HD, I'm on it immediately- that was the way TV was meant to be watched).
A couple of years ago, I tried to order DSL for a business we were starting up, and frankly, the business side of speakeasy was kinda crappy- we couldn't get the speed they promised initially and support was kinda iffy.
I'm opening up my options.
* * I want to retain at least one POTS line for the reliability. (doesn't POTS service have some regulatory responsibility for reliability that VOIP does not?)
* * I have a cell phone, and I don't want to bundle
* * I want at least one static IP, with options for others
* * I want no restrictions on servers- all ports MUST be open (I will sign the appropriate "I understand the consequences of running a spam server and I am not, will not, nor have I ever been a spammer"
* * I'd like to keep the budget of at something * Access to a NNTP (news server) is a plus- I get 5 GB a month with speakeasy, and have found that it can be really useful.
* * As far as I know T1 is not available, and I've gotten better download speeds off of ADSL than T1. I can't remember what my package speed is, but I see >3Mbit/s typical download speeds.
What is out there?"