We're in the Denver area and have been using Qwest/Centurylink for our DSL strictly because we haven't found an economical ( cost competitive ) alternative YET! We've nicknamed them "Banana Republic Phone Company".
We have our land line and DSL with them, and it seems like anytime it's been cold and damp outside ( like the past few days ) our home phone and often DSL go out. For YEARS now!
One tech told me it's because they continue to use 60 year old paper and foil phone lines and won't change them. Then they have to send someone out to "burn" them off so they work again. In our opinion they suck...well, you know.
But we need an alternative. We have a cell phone account and could use that for the home phone too, it's replacing the DSL at a viable cost that we don't know how to do yet. We have 2 PC's here in the house and surf the net quite a bit, plus use them for our little home based business, but I have no idea how much monthly bandwidth we use. We don't download tunes or adult stuff, but do watch some YouTube etc on the web. We'd just rather not have to worry about bandwidth. Oh yeah, we want to watch streaming TV too, I forgot that, like Netflix, if we can get the Roku boxes to work right. So far the signal has been so bad from the Qwest PK5000 DSL wireless router, that we cant use the Roku at one end of the house.
So how does this work? Do we get a wireless account with some kind of broadband wireless company? Can we route it through our Qwest PK5000 somehow? Do we buy wireless dongles for each PC?
I don't know much about all this, or what our options are.
Oh, we also send the occasional fax, but have RingCentral now, though we'd like to dump them too if we could do this and just use the cell phone instead of a land line too. But if we do this, we need a low cost reliable way of sending and receiving faxes. Come to think of it, we cant dump RingCentral or we'd lose our 800 number that lots of our clients have out there...
Or will this even be cost-competitive with the Qwest/Centurylink DSL?
We'd LOVE to dump them!!!