I have been online since the real early days of 1990 when I was acting as a point (2:253/417.3) off a FidoNet BBS in Gloucester called “Highlander” and slowly moved onto the internet in the early nineties with the original Cliff Stanford £10/month Demon Internet accounts. My first domain name was registered in 1997.
When ADSL was installed at my local exchange on 30th June 2001 I soon got connected with a lovely 512kbps/128kbps speeds broadband connection which was an absolute dream compared to the previous dial-up speeds of my 54kbps US Robotics modem.
I had the original Alcatel “Stingray” Adsl Speed Touch Usb Modem which I connected to an old PC running the Linux firewall “Smoothwall” and thus allowed my wired home network to access the internet.
With the permanent “always on” connection I then started to host my own websites and SMTP Servers from home after registering my “arrowsmith.biz” domain on 16th January 2002 @ 13:18:33UTC which is now 17 years ago. The freedom of ADSL was so good as I did not have to rely on others and I really started to learn a lot more about web developing and SMTP/POP.
Over the years I upgraded to 2Mbps, 8Mbps, then 20Mbps on the FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) package when they went live. When the cabinet was upgraded to the 76Mbps standard I moved up as well but due to line length I am limited to 40Mbps but this is ample for all the internet connected devices running in my house (PC’s, Laptops, Tablet, Phones, TV, Arduinos and IoT).