I remember when we moved to the country. Going from a T1 to dial-up, talk about crawling. I was the first to get DSL out here, just 10,800 ft from the PO with a -9db noise level for lines. I had prepared for this by getting the phone company to replace lines & upgrade central services for the dial-up. Before the repairs, noise was BAD even for dial-up!
All lines are now underground with clean junctions. A FDDI infrastructure (national network) passes through but cannot get connection because of secure DOD which are host connect only. Many local higher education (Universities & colleges) that are DOD hosts/hubs do have access.
Major cities are now upgrading infrastructures but we poor rural residents or small rural companies are not afforded such support yet. Talk about speed! Very envious for some of my colleagues who do have access. But I prefer living out here without the hassles of the city so DSL will do.
So I can relate to your change over.