Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Keys Internet Access (II)

Having found a temporary haven at the Key West Internet Café and Coffee Shop at the Coffee Plantation on Whitehead St. for feeding both my coffee addiction and my internet hunger, I recently set out to get internet service at home and promptly ran into problems. Our plan was to pay the $45/month for Comcast Cable High-Speed service, and to install a wireless router at the cable modem so I could roam anywhere in the house with my iBook -- at my desk, on the couch, or out on the patio. Unfortunately, Comcast hasn't rebuilt the cable system in Bahama Village -- at least my part of it -- to the point where HS internet is available yet, and can't tell me when it might become available.

So, says I, go with Plan B, a DSL connection. Oops! DSL requires telephone service, and we made a conscious decision two years ago to leave wire-based telephone serivce behind and rely on cellular telephone service only. That became a painful experience in NH, as we chose the wrong carrier, and didn't know it until the 30-day cancellation privilege expired. We were stuck in a two-year contract with a significant cancellation penalty, and atrocious service from our provider, Unicel, a non-national company.

Anyway, I've researched the cost of a phone line + DSL, and it would cost almost twice as much as the $45 we paid for Comcast in NH.

Plan C, which I developed after Plan B failed, is to get the cheapest wireline service I can find, and use a cheap ISP like until I can get cable. Research underway. It looks like I'm going to be a familiar face in here. There are two other regulars like myself sitting inside where I am, and a couple of more outside.

Thanks, Theo and Diane. I don't know what I would do without you.

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