Some 19 years ago, when I still a CS major at KU, the campus went from one 56k line to a full T1. I thought we'd all died and gone to heaven. 1.5 MEGABITS! OMG! Telnet, FTP and Gopher were blazingly fast now!
Years before, my dad went to a party the KU Computer Center was having because they had just gotten 300 baud modems. (So MUCH faster than the 110 baud they were using before!)
And yes, kids, a modem was something you had to use back in the olden times to get it online. Look it up on Wikipedia.