backdraft7 - 3:27 am on Sep 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
@dpd1 - I agree, I am seeing the same thing with my email too, even my spam rate is way down if not non-existent. It's almost as if there is a major router outage. So this prompted me to check out the Internet Traffic Report
http://www.internettrafficreport.com/ which indicates a much lower than average level for the United States. Maybe EVEYONE is online and choking the system with video and huge downloads. If you check the North America section, it shows 7 routers at 0% and the traffic graphs as unusually flat.
I think you may be on to the root cause...hardware.