Internet Access in La Tania
The Tourist Office provides internet access across the resort - look for Internet-ici SSIDs.
Winter 2017 Charges:
30 mins - €3
1 hour - €5
2 hours - €9
1 day - €9.50
1 week - €30
Pub Le Ski Lodge, La Taiga and Hotel Telemark all have free WiFi. Many chalets and apartments also provide free WiFi - always worth asking!
Orange who bought France Telecom and wanadoo.com (who bought Free Serve) are the main providers of broadband (and land lines) in La Tania. They have several different tariffs and provide wireless ADSL routers. They also bought Imbricate one of the most popular mobile operators in La Tania for the signal strength although most of the others have caught up now.
It's fairly easy to set this up from their web site (translate a couple of pages with goggle if necessary) but not as cheap as the UK - around €21 plus phone rental (€16 a month) for 8MB unlimited use.
Most people seem to have some issue with timescales and promised delivery dates not turning out to be correct. Orange do have an English help line in France though +33 (0) 969 36 39 00
VDSL Available from Dec 2015
From Winter 2016 VDSL became available if you're close enough to the exchange - pushes speeds up to around 50MB for only an extra few euros and the upload speed is hugely increased (from 1Mb to 15Mb in one case), you do need a VDSL capable modem/router though or may have to rent one from Orange.
Using a 3rd party VDSL modem/router does work despite what you read on some forums - we've installed a few TP-LINK TD-W9980 devices which are ADSL/VDSL selectable.
Note that French phone sockets are different (for DSL filters) and from bitter experience we know that Orange Live Boxes from the UK don't work on Orange Broadband in France (they are tied to .co.uk or .fr email address passwords - grrrrr).
There are other options such as SFR and Bouygues Telecom - it seems once people have something working though they're scared to change... Be interesting to hear people who have!