As for tel. line surges due to lightning, I have made a habit to unplug the tel. line before a thunderstorm.
I shut off the power mains too !There are some UPSs available which have tel. line surge protection socket and they are pretty cheap too!
In-line tel. surge protector adapter are available too. I dunno the price.If u are planning to continue the broadband connection for some years, then its good to buy ur own modem as paying the modem rental unnecesarily for a long time does not seem logical.
And ur last question : I like the sequence "007" :lol: