As I mentioned in another group, I have just switched to a new Internet service provider called Wibox, they offer wide area wireless broadband - Wimax. This is a relatively new consumer technology and is an alternative to the cabled ADSL/SDSL or fibre connections we are familiar with in the UK. It is excellent for large wide open countries , like France, where you just can’t run cables to every house. It is widely used in other parts of the world , but struggles in more developed countries where the cables infrastructure is already in place, like the UK. The technology is very well supported however with companies like Intel pushing it heavily, to the extent that soon you will be able to buy laptops with Wimax adapters built in. Have a look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WiMAX and the company can be found here http://www.wibox.fr/ - use Google translate or Google Chrome if your not a French speaker.
I’ve got my orange cost down to €19.90 for 8meg actually get 6 at a mile and a half from town tho I dont know if that is available to business users, see my post in ‘Any advice’.
I’m lucky to be no more than 2.5K outside my nearest village and a little more than that to my nearest ‘town’ (as the crow flies) and I therefore have a choice of providers :-
Orange €34.90/m, calls unlimited, service improving but patchy
Free €29.99/m, calls unlimited, diabolical service, offers fixed WAN IP address
Teleconnect €29.90/m, call packages available, adequate English service
SFR €29.90/m, calls unlimited, service reputed to be good now run by SFR but ex Neuftel ex AOL France !
Alice €19.99/m, calls unlimited, service adequate
Compare these with WiBox at €39/m and you have to have a good reason to choose it over the others.
I think it strange that sister companies Alice and Free have a €10/m difference in charges.
My area is non-dégroupée and therefore offers 2-8Mbits down, 1Mbits up.
The reliability of these services seem to have their common factor ie France Telecoms landlines which are mostly overhead in rural areas. Never-the-less I have few complaints on this point.
My biggest complaint by far is the significant pain involved in changing providers. The lowest price is not necessarily my highest priority !