This whole thread brings back so many fond memories of better, and much more naive, times! (I was ~8 to ~13 years old at the time.)
I’m from rural Alabama, so local options were basically none, but there were a few I could reach with “area calling” (which isn’t even a google-able term, so to define it for the younger ones: a paid feature that allowed us to call additional telephone exchange groups without the long distance fee per minute).
2400bps was the speed of my first modem, and I remember eagerly installing upgrades to 9600, 14.4K, 28.8K, and finally 56K.
I had a second line installed and “ran” my own TriBBS to explore the world of SysOp’ing, but it never became a thing. I remember comparing TriBBS with Wildcat and decided that TriBBS was easier and more fun.
I also remember having a program I used to draw/paint the BBS ASCII art using the mouse, which I wish still existed today, since ASCII art is still cool.