Clear is pretty decent
I had Clear for about 4 months while I was waiting for a DSL port to open up at my new house that I bought this past February. Used about 12 gigs per month or so the first few months. I didn't stream because I had heard all the stories about getting throttled. But right before I canceled I asked my neighbor and he streams Netflix and torrents all day on Clear using over 200 gigs per month.
So then I quit worrying about it and started using it however I wanted, no issues. It really just depends on the tower congestion. I doubt the user with only 5 gigs is telling the truth or Clear just made a mistake and picked the wrong account. Either that or the guy was downloading music or video illegally.
They didn't have a DSL port available? And there's no cable company?!?!?
When the DSLAMs fill up, they have to add a new one ... which can take a bit. Or you just hope someone cancels.
I'm assuming no cableco? If there was one, then the lines would be in about year 3 of opening up as people switched en masse to faster cable. Just like phone lines that now have tons of dead pairs after the whole second line thing came to an abrupt end when cable and DSL came in.