There are several way to receive Internet service in your home.
Using WiFi and a Router
1. Internet Infrastructure (Tashtit)
To begin the process, you must obtain Internet Infrastructure (tashtit). This refers to a phone line that brings Internet capability to your house. This can be provided by Bezeq or by HOT cable. Note: Since HOT is essentially a cable television company, they do not offer their services in many chareidi neighborhoods, as their other services are not used by area residents. Mixed neighborhoods, or areas that in the past had sizeable numbers of irreligious residents, are serviced by HOT.
You can install such a line and use it solely for Internet. If you do this, you will simply be charged a flat monthly fee for having the line. If you want to be able to make phone calls, you will need to purchase a phone line plan as well.
2. Obtain a Modem/Router
Whichever company provides you with an Internet infrastructure will also supply you with a modem/router. Generally, the company maintains ownership of this device and you have to return it if you cancel the line. While the line is in service, some plans require you to pay a monthly rental fee for this modem. Many plans include it for free. Bezeq offers a rental option and a buying option. The rental is often a better device with additional features.
Often, you will need to pick it up from a Bezeq or HOT location. (If someone other than the person listed as the official line holder picks up the modem/router, the messenger will need a letter from the line holder with his ID number authorizing him to do so.) The modem/router will need to be programmed; the service provider whom you choose for your line will give you directions for this.
3. Receiving Internet Service from a Phone Company
Once you have the infrastructure, you will need to choose an internet provider. Internet service providers in Israel include but are not limited to: Partner, Cellcom, Bezeq and many more. When signing up for an infrastructure, many times they will offer a “bundle” plan with the ISP included.
The advantage of this company is that they provide filtered Internet. They have many options available to suit your needs. You can choose to set the filter for the duration of your service or include a password to have the ability to change your viewing level either for short or long term. They can be reached at 1-800-222-234 or you can view their webpage at rimon.net.il
Internet Rimon also has a sister company geared toward chareidim called Internet Etrog: 1-800-222-238. Their webpage is etrog.net.il.
Netstick or MIFI
If you would like more of a mobile option, you can purchase a netstick or a mifi. Any SIM card that has data should work on it.
Tag in Israel
For your computer filter, you can use TAG, the worldwide Internet protection organization. They now have offices in both Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh to help provide you with protection and filtering solutions for all your technological devices. An advance appointment is required. There is a minimal fee for their service.
Romema, Jerusalem Branch
3 Louis Brandeis, eighth floor, apartment 53, Jerusalem
Monday 8 – 10 pm, Sunday and Wednesday (men only) 8 – 10 pm, Tuesday 8 – 9:30 pm, Motzei Shabbos 8 – 10 pm
There are also branches in Ramat Eshkol and Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef. For details, see their website: www.tagisrael.org