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Wireless Internet Wins Every Time

Based on Residential service

Verizon + ISP Monthly Bill (Verizon does NOT offer internet service in North Idaho)

Bandwidth
1500/128
1500/384
768/128
384/384
768/768
Residencial Line
$20.05
$20.05
$20.05
$20.05
$20.05
Interstate Subscriber Line Charge(required fee)
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00
Federal Excise Tax (%3.00)
$0.81
$0.81
$0.81
$0.81
$0.81
Kootenai County 911 tax
$1.00
$1.00
$1.00
$1.00
$1.00
Kootenai County 911 tax
$1.00
$1.00
$1.00
$1.00
$1.00
Other fees/taxes
$1.11
$1.11
$1.11
$1.11
$1.11
Verizon 'non-basic' Charges
$3.09
$3.09
$3.09
$3.09
$3.09
Sprint Fees (no long distance used at all)
$1.72
$1.72
$1.72
$1.72
$1.72
aDSL fee (line only)
$37.50
$41.50
$44.00
$45.50
$68.00
Verizon Total
$70.28
$74.28
$76.78
$78.28
$100.78
Internet Service
384/128
1500/384
384/128
1500/384
768/768
$41.00
$69.00
$41.00
$69.00
$199.00
Total
$111.28
$143.28
$117.78
$147.28
$299.78

QWest + ISP Monthly Bill (The only internet service available with QWest is through MSN and limited to 640/250*)

Bandwidth
640/640*
4000/1000*
640/256*
1000/1000*
7000/1000*
Residencial Line
$12.50
$12.50
$12.50
$12.50
$12.50
Federal Access Charge
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00
$5.00
Universal Service Fund
$0.56
$0.56
$0.56
$0.56
$0.56
Federal Service Provider Fee
$0.43
$0.43
$0.43
$0.43
$0.43
Local/State Tax/911 Fee
$1.86
$1.86
$1.86
$1.86
$1.86
Sprint Fees (no long distance used at all)
$1.72
$1.72
$1.72
$1.72
$1.72
aDSL fee (line only)
$66.00
$165.00
$55.00
$88.00
$275.00
QWest Total
$88.07
$187.07
$55.00
$110.07
$297.07
Internet Service
384/384
2500/768
$55.00
768/768
5000/768
$89.00
$289.00
$55.00
$199.00
$399.00
Total
$177.07
$476.07
$309.07
$118.07
$696.07

*QWest advertises 'up to' . From testemonials we have obtained this number is representative of 2X actual.

Why Wireless?

Wireless services ARE the future. There are a world of resources stating this (CNET Computer.org, Internet.com all agree). Wireless is the bridge between the performance of fiber and the affordability of DSL or cable (see comparison). A wireless service provider can reach outlying areas where the traditional wired systems do not reach, and reach it instantly, where a wired service can take months to be installed.

Cable

Availability is the most limiting factor. Currently, internet over cable is only available in select metropolitan areas. Outlying areas are sparsely supported. Many individuals in our area (Inland Northwest) cannot even get cable TV service. The availability of cable TV service in no way indicates access to internet cable. Special equipment must be installed in the distribution chain of the cable signal (much like at a telephone companies CO for DSL). This equipment is very expensive and routinely the cable itself has to be upgraded to follow the new specifications required by this equipment. While the cost to the end user is low in well established areas (pricing varies widely from $40/mo to $150/mo not including the cable TV fee) these areas are also saturated. Users in these saturated areas notice performance problems that bring them back almost to modem speeds.