Thwe ISP I used was the one I worked for, which was AiC in Sydney. I left as Network Manager in mid-99 which ended my free net access regime which I'd had since '92. I switched to RPI, for several reasons, the main one being I knew the owner, and he was offering free web/dns hosting for my two web sites, I only pay for the stock dial-up. I was also moving back to Penrith from the coast, so I needed a Sydney dial-up that would be a local call. I still use a 56k modem, but the speeds are generally great and there's never any waiting for a free line.
I'm not keen to jump to cable/adsl just yet, as it's too expensive for such a ****ty service - knowing the industry, it'll be a little while before good quality, but cheap asdl is available.
The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for a life. - Andrew Brown