For the benefit of deekayen, the following ways around the DSL monopoly exist:
- Cable modem. You have to put up with filtering. $45/mo.
- DirecWay. You must use a Windows based router/NAT. Satelline latencies. $75/mo if you're lucky.
- Fixed wireless. In my locale, the fixed wireless provider WAC.com is retreating. I reckon they did not gather a critical mass and cannot continue operating at $40/mo. But I'm told it is booming in places like Santa Rosa, CA.
- Community and government networks, often wireless. You have to be creative to tap into them.