I remember having 500kb down and thinking that was fast, and actually it was fast. Because that was when our cable company first got into internet and not too many in town had it. Also, for a few years they ran the internet no one got charged for it. We had free broadband for a few years. Maybe a trial run? idk, anyway I now feel humbled.
I take it that's all there is in your area too? I mean I live in ND, which is pretty barren. In our town we actually have two different tv/internet places. They're local too, so they compete which gives us better service.