Well, it turns out that there's more than one DSL provider in Fairmont. The newcomer is Blue Earth Valley Communications (Bevcomm), and they offer a 512K (guaranteed) SDSL service for $55/month - with static IP. They seem to be white hat, too. No problems with servers. Seems too good to be true, but so far everything is coming up roses.
I thought our choice was between our clueless DSL provider and the local cable TV company. It's really nice to have another option spring up.