Newsgroups tend to max out your connection speed. If not, they get close. When you say you achieve 1.5 are you taking megaBITS of megaBytes? I download pretty steady around 10 MegaBits per second and my connection speed is 10 MegaBits a second. Beats the pants off of a torrent, . BUT, 10 MegaBits is only 1.29 megabytes per second. So if you are getting 1.5 megabytes....wow.