Looks like the provider I'm looking at requires you to buy the equipment up front, or at least in "three easy monthly installments". :P But since they appear to be the only high speed option other than satellite, I made an appointment for them to come out and do a site assessment to be sure I can get a clear signal from my location. I would hope so, since I can see the building one of their antennas sits on 14 miles away out my back window (using binoculars). Won't know what type of antenna set up I need until that's done and then they will give me an installation and equipment quote.
The monthly fee is $40 "and up" :P. That's for 128k and the price goes up $10/mo for each additional computer and $15/mo for each additional 128k speed. Not a real bargain, but if I can talk DW into letting me do away with our land line, that savings plus eliminating the $10/mo for dial up will go a long way towards offsetting the monthly fee. Heck, her 85 year-old dad did away with his land line and just has a cell phone. If it's good enough for him....
If it comes right down to it, I may have to get her a computer of her own to bribe convince her to go completely wireless.
I'm so ready to ditch this slow a$$ dial up... :P