Re: If you live in tne right area, it's been an interesting ride.
When were AOLever a go to ISP?
I'm sorry but they were outdated from the off, large home pages, crap software (didn't they buy Netscape to try and improve things?) and other terrible characteristics made then a steadfast no-fo for anyone who knew anything about the fledgling interweb as it was. And that's before we mention trying to get out of their 'contract' with free months and lousy customer service, even for back then. They're broadband wouldn't allow Internet sharing out if the box if I recall, and like you said eventually they relented and moved to routers but by then the damage was done.
No, AOL were shite. Hearing they were the ISP of friends and family when asked to pp around to sort put a problem filled me and my pal with dread as we KNEW it'd be bad news. A lot of UK2NET installs happened on my watch, along with Freeseve.