jeffnz: not wanting to be a killjoy but isn't this just a continuation of your other thread and the situation hasn't changed barring you can't get VDSL
Yeah, I guess it ultimately did end up steering in that direction. I wanted to get some second opinions on the connection itself to see if the technician was accurate or not (many ISPs - at least in the US - are notorious for sending out unqualified techs that give improper information). Hio77 gave me that second opinion. If it's possible, it may not be a bad idea for a moderator to merge this thread with that one since the topic pretty much shifted course to that anyway.
Well that puts to bed the NZ has third world internet theme that keeps getting dragged out ;-)
Hah, true that! To be fair, the United States is in a really poor spot for ISP competition right now. You basically get a choice of one horrendously overpriced local cable provider, one semi-decent DSL provider, dial-up, and if you're lucky, maybe a local DSL provider or two (although such local municipalities usually have terrible options). New Zealand's Internet speeds and pricing are quickly shaping up to be downright awesome with the government-regulated competition, assuming you're in an urban place, that is. I try not to think about the rural Internet options here...!