Forge, I construe your post to mean you have DSL (and/or whatever single character prefix goes with it). What provider do you use and also what modem do you have?
I've got DSL (a? s? yar?) down south in Austin, and peak at 40 k/s, and while it's a great leap forward from my days of logging onto FreeI with dial-up networking, getting the absolute minimum speed guaranteed by the service agreement leaves the overclocker in me mumbling and rambling incoherently at people in desparation.
I suspect it's either a rate cap built into the modem or enforced by the provider, as the the rate is a little to consistent for me to think it's interference related.
I've got swbell.net DSL (still can't remember this) guaranteed 384Kb-1.5Mb down, 128Kb up.
The modem is the Speedstream 5260 ethernet modem, by Efficient Networks or somesuch.
It's connected to a LinkSys cable/dsl router (lame, yes, but oh so easy) model number BEFSR81. (sr-71 joke here)
If anyone else here uses DSL (blah blah) through swbell, in the same area, with the same modem, &c, I'd appreciate knowing if you're having any similar problems.
Thanks for any help in advance, and I bestow a stroke of goodfortune upon you.