This is my first question on a stack-exchange site. I appreciate the community taking a moment to look at it.
The wife and I are looking at starting a few services/businesses/products on our own. Some technical related, some not; just chasing our hobbies and interests.
Looking around at the costs versus control of shared hosting, virtual hosting, collocation, etc I've come to the conclusion I'd rather manage the infrastructure and server(s) myself from my house until the viability of the companies is determined and can pay for collocation themselves or we have an office to put them in. I know I'm small potatoes and have no delusions of Google-level traffic; I just want to implement something clean and stable.
I have the chops to run the server, the modem/router configuration, and manage the DNS, but I am wary of making a decision on the broadband provider without doing some research and getting others opinions. Currently we have a consumer account with Qwest DSL and i'm not "wowed" but perhaps moving to their small business class would be better.
I would like: -1 static IP; ability to buy more -1.5 mb in both directions (currently only consistently getting a third of that with Qwest; a tenth of that upstream) -the flexibility of being able to let my home/kid machines still work without having to pay for another account -control over IP and port mappings.
I think the providers in my area (Minneapolis metro area) are: -Qwest -Comcast -USI Wireless (municipal wireless) -perhaps others.
What have your experiences been with performance and price of the broadband providers that you've dealt with? If you have links to good references or providers, please share. Thanks again!