Earlier this week, I went hunting for an Internet Provider for the new apartment. I didn’t want to take lots of time comparing companies, so I really only looked at Comcast/Xfinity and Qwest/CenturyLink. I don’t know if it’s different for different parts of the country, but it looks like the former is geared toward residential service and the latter toward commercial service.

So … I went with Comcast’s service, Xfinity. I clicked through a few pages of their malarkey before I realized I had no idea what the selling points were supposed to be for Internet service anymore. I remember the important numbers for Internet from, oh, ten years ago, but the terminology has changed since then. I know the old speeds of dial-up and cable, and the old differences between cable and DSL.

It doesn’t help that of the Service Providers I have experience with, not one of them has ever worked as advertised. When we got Verizon DSL ten years ago, it wasn’t much faster than dial-up, and the connection had to be reset constantly. Compare that to my friends’ cable service which was always faster, no matter how many of them used it, and the DSL I had for three years that … well anyway.

Cookiemonger and I plan to stay at the apartment no less than a year, so I compared the prices for leasing a modem from Comcast (which adds seven dollars a month) versus buying our own. Buying our own would mean we didn’t have to return it when we were done, and it saved us something like thirty dollars in the long-term. It was at the same time I realized we would also need a router for our bazillion computers.

Cool, too, was the fact that Comcast had a thirty-percent-off-for-the-first-six-months deal going on, so we’ll only pay thirty dollars a month (plus fees and stuff) for about half the time we expect to have the service. Also, if the service totally sucks, we can return it and get our money back for the setup and other garbage, if we decide they aren’t quite the lesser of the two evils in the first month or so.