Kenneth Hunt uses pair Networks for his web hosting and likes them. I used them for a few years before I started weblogging. I never had any downtime, their email tech support was responsive, it felt like a mom and pop shop from when I signed up until I cancelled my service. My account was on ando.pair.com, machine #45. I had a hard time justifying the bills when I was only working a few hours a week during school, so I had to leave pair. When it came time to put up shop on the ‘net again, Westhost was cheaper and several people recommended it.
I miss pair though. It was nice to see the company grow, to move to a bigger facility, and expand. I felt the same way with CAIS (Capital Area Internet Service). When I started using them as my ISP (shell + PPP, baby!) they were owned and operated almost entirely by women. I think eventually they got bought by Verio and service went downhill, but for several of the early Internet years, they were great.
Remember Trumpet Winsock? Heh.