2) AFAIK they don't offer a static ip address, only dynamic.
The guy on the phone promised this was available, and for me it is essential. He did say thought that I would have to be connected first, then that added, and it would be free.
The actual reason for my post is I confess he was clueless. He kept getting his megabits, megabytes mixed with Gigabytes. He assured me that for my address I would get 74mb (Gigabytes) download speed and the upload would be the same as the download (currently 56/17). When I eventually fed him my phone number his estimates were a little more realistic however he kept quoting the high figures.
They did mention at the beginning of the call that it was recorded, I just wish I had recorded it as well as I suspect they would have had to give me fiber to my house to satisfy some of his wild claims. He rather struck me as he would say anything to make the sale and the trades descriptions act was not relevant.
I imagine that all else being equal, my speeds would be largely the same. The IP address though is critical to me. The modem sound good and as long as I can turn off DCHP and wireless, both of which, I deal with with different systems.
It was a good deal but he assured me that as I was delaying while considering it, a better one would probably be available next month.