AT&T has a $19.95/month el-cheapo deal for “Basic DSL” service that’s already several times faster than a dial-up modem. Of course, there’s the problem that I run Debian GNU/Linux on my boxes — an “unsupported” operating system, as far as the commercial ISPs are concerned. More here
There is abundant information available on the Net about DSL and Linux and so forth; you just have to find it. Unfortunately, there’s also lots of misinformation, and lots of just plain noise. So, in hopes of saving other people some of the work I’ve had to go through, I’m putting this record of my experience on the Web. Probably what I did will work for you if you use some Debian-based distribution like Ubuntu.