I started with dial-up ( 300 baud ). Then went to 1200 baud. And so on and eventually to 56 k.
Then when it became available I upgraded to one-way cable ( cable downloads, phone-line uploads ) which was not very reliable, but it was better than dial-up.
Then I upgraded to two-way cable as soon as it became available. Much better.
Then I moved and got stuck with DISH/Hughes Net as the only option better than dial-up. Very slow and very unreliable. Sometimes better than dial-up, but so bad that I sold my house at a loss and moved to a neighborhood with cable ( okay, so there were other reasons for moving ).
Now I have Time Warner cable ( TWC ) for internet only ( their TV service would not work ). Very fast and quite reliable. But pricey. $67.90 a month for 20 mbs. Of course it could be faster, but you pick the speed you want and TWC installs a device that limits the "flow" to what you are paying for.
My daughter and son-in-law ( in the DC area ) have fiber optics. That is even better. Can't get that here, yet.
73, Peter, N4UP ... Active 1963-1981 and 2012-2038
It's when you can't hear the bats, that's when the bats are coming.