As Batboy suggests it's a good idea to check what's in your exchange (even if it is rural)
Use this link
to Samknows and post the results for some ideas re. an ISP
As for a router get a Netgear (wireless) with a Broadcom chipset either 2nd hand off ebay or if money isn't an issue a brand new spanker out of a sealed box, probably the best thing to do if you are going to use it for work as well as leisure.