Are there any reliable, local high-speed options in the Indianapolis area without data caps?
We're planning to move (wife and 4 kids) from northern California in search of a lower cost of living and slower-paced lifestyle. I can work remotely, so we've been looking all over the US and Indiana is our top pick so far. It has low housing prices, good schools, reasonably nice weather and little crime. But I'm concerned about the 3 main ISPs in the area - Comcast, Insight (recently acquired by Time Warner) and Bright House Networks
. AT&T seems to have some coverage too but I've had a hard time telling where (they're not on the map
We use Netflix daily, I have several GB on various cloud services and a couple TB backed up with CrashPlan. If I need to do a big restore or sync a new computer, I'm going to blow through these data caps
like the wind.
I'm a little nervous about all the negative reviews I'm reading for these companies. I can't tell if they're just squeaky wheels or warranted. We are extremely fortunate to have ultra-reliable 30Mbps/30Mbps fiber service from a friendly local company with a free annual barbecue.
Are there other options for reliable high-speed access in Indy? I've heard about getting a business plan to avoid data caps. It's more expensive, but may be our best option.
Outside of Indiana I've looked for other fiber to the home services, including Google Fiber, but there always seems to be something else like poor school ratings or higher crime than we'd prefer.
To sum up:
1. Are Comcast, Insight/TimeWarner and Bright House as big, bad and unreliable as they're portrayed? Are there smaller local options?
2. Are there other low-cost family friendly cities with speedy broadband we should consider?