I envy the landline speeds mentioned in this thread - I went wireless to access the internet at all! (But then, I am in rural Ireland).
Our copper line (if indeed it was real copper) was capable of dialup at first (some of the time), but defeated the new desktop and laptop I got later, so I couldn't start using them (for anything; needed internet to set them up).
Fortunately, a year or two later a small local wireless provider put up a mast within sight, so problem solved. I ported our landline number to a VOIP service (which, though a bit flakey, is far better than the copper line), and ditched the phone line (along with the highest line rental in Europe). I pay €25pm for 2mb down & .5 up. Speed fluctuates a bit depending on who's online, and weather (transmitter uses solar power), but is higher than 2mb as often as lower. There are upgrade options if needed.
And from my experence and others', there's definitely something to be said for one's ISP being John down the road!