OK, so to hit off the blog, as a start, I'd like to show you a great tool - Intel's Broadband Tester. It analyzes your internet's speed, gives it to you and shows where you are from normal speeds. This really shows how far away your speed really is, compared to what your ISP should've given you.
It also has a tool at the bottom, which shows how much time a certain file would download. 1GB would only take 4½ hours on a 512KB connection. Imagine how long it would take on a 8MB! Its surprising that there are so many factors affecting your internet connection speed:
Internet connection speed varies depending on your Internet Service Provider, modem type, time of day, browser version, operating system, traffic, and intersecting signals. Results are not a guarantee of true connection speed.
Try it out, and prepare to be amazed at how much your ISP is really giving you.