Some investigation shows both houses connect at about 7.6mb and there is a cabinet right near the houses, according to the old man a new cable of sorts was run to the cabinet recently I do recall the connection being closer to 2mb last year so I'm assuming the cabinet has had an upgrade.
So for a rural connection I was thinking 7.6mb is great and Apple TV / Netflix should work. Not so, browsing in General is very slow and streaming is out of the question. A speedtest from the house shows a connection anywhere between 0.9 and 1.2mb, nowhere near the connection speed.
Modem is an old telecom Thompson that only supports 802.11g so I'm replacing that, I don't think it's having any issues though. House has a master filter that was professionally installed.
So what is the likely reason for a good connection but slow throughput? Old cabinet with slow back haul? Any way to find out if it's scheduled for an upgrade (given the recent cable run).