Thanks to all of you who've responded so far. My transmission rate is set to 54 so that's not the problem. The problem may be related to a combination of FIOS and windows Vista. More info can be found here:
When the globe disappears, the slowness problem increases, and when the globe is present speed is as advertised. Perhaps verizon tech support can shed some light on the problem. Would appreciated it immensely.
And I thought it was just me. I usually power cycle everything and it's OK then. But if what y'all are seeing is what I am, everything is fine, then all of a sudden, no matter what browser, loading pages just dies and usually ended up with either a network time out or server response error (can't remember which). I've noticed it may be 10 seconds or 10 minutes later that everything clears up and starts popping again.
We've got 15/2 (about to be converted to the new bundle which includes 20/5) and usually see good speeds, but that doen't show the whole picture. I will however, be glad if we do actually get better up stream speeds. Better downstream will be a bonus though.
i am having the EXACT same problem for a month now or so. I figured it would go away on its own, but it's not. I live in southern California and this is very frustrating. The techs around here can't do much for me, maybe I should just cancel my service and go with another ISP.