Our stake is adding a broadband connection to a building that currently has no connection, under the authority of the 26 March 2008 PBO Letter. I went to the Xilec website and filled out the simple web form. Within a day I got a phone call and follow-up e-mail. The Xilec rep gave me the following information:
- In my area, there are two reasonable ISPs. He gave me installation costs, monthly fees, options for internal wiring, etc.
- I had previously contacted Qwest (the local phone company that is one DSL provider). They had quoted me a price for a dedicated phone line in addition to the DSL service (since the Meetinghouse Internet policy prohibits us from using existing phone lines for a DSL connection). The Xilec rep let me know of an option for a standalone DSL connection that does not require an actual phone line, which will save us $50 installation and $24/month.
- Xilec will take care of placing the order and coordinating the installation with the FM Group (I simply supplied contact info for the FM Group). There is no cost to our stake for this service.
Our installation is supposed to happen late this week or early next week. I'll report back on that part of the process next week, but I thought it might be helpful for me to post on my experience to this point.