Based on Residential service
Verizon + ISP Monthly Bill (Verizon does NOT offer internet service in North Idaho)
QWest + ISP Monthly Bill (The only internet service available with QWest is through MSN and limited to 640/250*)
*QWest advertises 'up to' . From testemonials we have obtained this number is representative of 2X actual.
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.
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.