Last week @Boltersdriveer mentioned that a user should turn their dedicated server into a "LowEndServers Monitoring Project. lolololol."
This had me thinking. I was already in the process of developing a simple server monitoring system for web hosting companies (which is 80% complete), so I thought I would deploy a alpha version as LowEndMonitor (LowEndMonitor.com) to monitor the uptime of each provider's primary website. Although it may not tell you the reliability of the provider's services, you can monitor their primary website and watch for those who approach the deadpool. (Aka, their website goes offline for a long period of time.) The monitor checks the websites every five minutes, but this can be adjusted to any measure.