I know this seems simple, but I live in a rural area and am very happy with my ISP (AT&T Worldnet), but they have no local access number for me and none in any exchanges in my LATA with Ameritech. They provide me a 800 #, billed at .10 a minute. Sounds cheap, but it was over $400 last month and has been running a min of $250 per month. Now this certainly works out well for AT&T, but I could buy a bass boat for that much. Here's what I can't figure out. How can I find a access number in my calling area and still connect directly to Worldnet for Email, launching, etc? Do I need to subscribe to another ISP too and if so how do I find one in this area? What if there isn't one? There might not be, because I think I am one of only 2 or 3 literate people in this area. I'm totally helpless when it comes to understanding how these connections work. Give me a good lecture on the basics and earn some points.