We have to buy major networks too, because we live in the only place in the lower 48 where we CANNOT GET LOCAL TV
Nope, unless we were neighbors. Many places in rural Oregon without local TV.
We're paying around US$50 per month for 250kb dsl. A bit steep, but we are rural, and it is a treat to have dsl via our phone co-op that only charges $12 a month for phone service. By years end we will have fiberoptic to the front door. Hope to see rates drop then.