I don't think it was actually the internet as much as it was the wifi connected devices. Being directly wired didn't result in such a bad experience but the problem is nearly all of our devices are using wifi - even the television!
During this dark period of the history of our house I would dare you to try and survive an episode of Friends on Netflix. Every three minutes the screen would freeze and start loading up the next three minutes. Besides staring at a frozen screen, the minutes you did get to watch were low resolution and ugly. It was enough to make you want to turn off the television and do something productive.
One night at dinner we were all talking about how horrible wifi was and the boy pointed out that the terrorists have no problem uploading propaganda videos and they were in the wildnerness. . . in a cave. How do the terrorists have better internet than we have?
That night I started researching routers and made a purchase on Amazon before going to bed. Two days later the new router was installed and our devices were streaming video like we didn't think was possible.
I wasn't going to let the terrorists win this one!