The 'net was off-line when I got to work this morning at 0700, so I contacted the I.T. guy.
It seems that my company was paying for two cable internet connections: one shared by me and another fellow, and a second for my boss's staff on a different floor.
As a cost-cutting measure, we discontinued the first, and increased the speed of the second, to handle everyone's connections. It was a significant upgrade, too ... from 15 mbps to 50.
The upgrade connection took place overnight. So why was my line down?
Different modems, you see. The one I'm plugged into no longer had a signal, and it didn't occur to anyone to move the connection from this modem to that one.
Ah well, all's good now. My connection is already faster than before, and by tomorrow - after the modem adjusts to to the newly-spread load - it should be a LOT faster.
It reminded me of what things were like before the 'net was available. Not bad, just ... slower. But I admit to thinking of something to look up on-line about every four minutes, on average. The 'net has spoiled us all.