First thing, go to http://www.colorado.gov/BroadbandSWF/speedtest.htm and find out the speed of your broadband.
Ever wonder what that really means?
When Internet providers and techy folk talk about Internet connections they talk about speed, which is usually measured in megabits per second (Mbps). When folks talk about data or files, they usually talk about megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB). The difference is hard to see at first, but a bit and a byte are different, as a matter of fact there are 8 bits in 1 byte.
I know, you are thinking, “bits, Bytes, gulps - this is giving me indigestion.”
How about if we picture data first, then we can imagine it going places.
If you put 100 typed characters on a piece of paper (Note to the math-inclined - it takes one byte to store one character.) Then you put 100 such pieces of paper into a file folder - so each folder has 100 pieces of paper in it. Then you put the folder in a file cabinet. The file cabinet holds 1000 files. There are 100 file cabinets in a room. That is 1 GB of data. That amount of data is slightly less than the non-HD, 1 ½hour long, 1980 feature movie, Mad Max, that you downloaded last Friday.
Hard to picture that many filing cabinets?