I know none of this will help you sir, but I wanted to address some of these concerns for people in the UK, like me.
I've been running a home server for a while now (and recently switched to a Raspberry Pi, mostly for the power savings). Anyway...
For your Internet connection, I highly recommend Plusnet's fibre broadband, if you're lucky enough to live in an area where it's available. For Â£20/month (plus line rental) I get around 20mbps upstream. I've had their fibre broadband for about 6 months now without any downtime. They have no issues with me running a server, and offer a static ip for a one-of setup fee of Â£5 (which they say will make it easier to host your own website, etc, thus taking care of any worries about falling foul of their tos).
Their sister company just-the-name will sell you a .co.uk domain for Â£9/2 years.
In case you wonder, no I don't work for them, I'm just very impressed by their service.