Using something like the apartment finder below may help.
I have two houses for rent starting Oct 1.
One in the Milbrook School district, Mid town location,
Single Family home 2 car port
4 bedroom 3 full bath 1850 sq ft with lots of storage, $1400 / month + utilities
Town home with one car garage and Pool access
3 bedroom 2.5 bath 1600 sq ft in Wake Forest $1450 / month + utilities
I am in the same situation and heading out that way in 10 days! I've been looking at Dish tv, their internet is $30/month and their cable runs from $19-75 a month depending on packages. From the research that I've done the major provider for internet in Raleigh is Time Warner, who by the way has horrible internet services. The utilities such as water, sewer, gas and electric is through the city; just go to the city of Raleigh government page and it should be on your right hand side, I believe.
You definitely want to stay out of the Durham area, because the crime rate is rather high. For crime rates, the city of Raleigh's police department has a free view on their site to check crimes by area and addresses with a description and date of when it was committed.
Hope all this helps!