I've seen many commercials for broadband service showing a fellow sitting in his kitchen with a laptop, telling his wife he can't go to the mall because he has to finish some work. Suddenly, we see a screenshot showing a "Done" dialog box, and voila, due to the power of XYZ's broadband service, the lucky fellow can go to the mall and relax on the hard wooden benches outside Bed Bath and Beyond. The problem here is that the ad specifically targets those people that can telecommute, without mentioning that if he was uploading a PowerPoint presentation, he'd be sitting there for a long, long time... assuming that the provider hasn't blocked IPSec and he can actually connect to the corporate network in the first place.
Consumer broadband needs to change. It needs to provide at least a 5:3 down/up ratio as part of the standard package for a reasonable price. I know dozens of broadband users that would gladly trade a few Mb downstream for a few Mb upstream, and this trend is only going to grow. Fears of illicit filesharing and copyright infringement be damned -- you can't penalize a captive audience for something they might do.