My ISP has made it hard to stay online...as a response to so many people getting a busy signal. You can get online...you just can't STAY online.
Remedy: africam.com has a cam scan window that is (besides fun to watch) useful to keep you online.
That way I can fill out forms and orders online and not get knocked off until I'm ready to go offline.
(I'm sure there are other sites that refresh themselves often enough to "look busy".)
Mind you, I don't just hookup in the morning and disconnect at night.
But while I am surfing/working, the e-time is more better.