There are still many Internet access providers with cancellation and setup fees. Look for Internet providers that don't charge these fees.
Why pay the Internet provider more than you have to? Only choose those Internet service providers that offer free 24/7 phone based tech support.
Be ready and willing to accept the fact that any email accounts with your current Internet service provider will be lost. However, some Internet service providers do allow you to keep your current email accounts, but you may have to pay a monthly fee for it.
For dial-up Internet access users: If your intentions are to utilize the features of your V.92 dial-up modem, look for Internet service providers that support the V.92 protocol.
If you are providing your children with Internet access, You may want to only consider Internet providers that offer free parental controls.
Make sure the Internet service provider offers an adequate number of email accounts in order to fulfill you and your family's needs.