Well that was odd:) I bumped backspace (back in my browser), clicked stop…I don’t know why it posted
On a standard v.90 modem, downstream bandwidth can max out at 56.6kbps (limited to 53.3 due to FCC regulations), and upstream bandwidth can max out at 33.6kbps. The new v.92 modem standard increases maximum upstream to 48kbps, as well as improving compression, error correction, and decreasing dialup times.
On a campus network, there will be a large amount of bandwidth that is shared among all of the users, or perhaps even the entire college. A T1 is 1.45mbps, so we know that your college has at least two T1s available. Depending on how much other stuff was sucking down bandwidth when you ran the test (servers, other users), the college might total a T3 (45mbps) or even more. Bandwidth is most likely shared between upstream and downstream.
I assume you’re using AOL’s “Bring Your Own Access” plan, right? They’re to blame. Their e-mail servers are probably overloaded, or may just be capped at the average speed they’d expect from a dialup user.