This is a UK forum, so unlikely to get too much help.
I would avoid the bog standard DSL connection though.
Not sure how it works in the US, although I do hear that one provider can often get the market share in a whole area as there's often not competition... If true, that really does suck.
Over here, the infrastructure is owned by a company called openreach, and every service provider (bar one) uses that infrastructure. The internet service provider just pays openreach to use the line. This means we have one set of infrastructure, with often 5+ internet providers able to provide a service down that very same line. So you can easily switch to an alternative provider, they just take over the same line, and pay openreach line rental.
Edited by ukhardy07 (Tue 26-Jul-16 19:12:12)