U.S. Internet consumers are official screwed. The FCC has decided in their infinite wisdom to deregulate DSL. http://www.forbes.com/2005/08/05/fcc-dsl-internet-cx_de_0805autofacescan11.html In my area there is only one cable company: Adelphia. If you want a static IP address you are forced to "upgrade" to the business line which starts at $100. But at that price you still don't get a static IP address. You have to pay an additional $20 dollars to get a static IP address. Therefore at a $120 you get 6000/768 with a static IP. On the other hand there are 41 DSL companies providing internet access in my area. At a mere $60 I can get 6000/786 with a static IP. Now tell me how dereguation is going to help consumers?