I wanted to get your opinion on a problem I'd experienced with Google via AT&T DSL. I found that, yesterday, sites that used Google code or features were very slow. I'd seen this before sometimes at home. I thought it was just me at first, but then found these reports of the same behavior
I began to notice many other sites that loaded google JS were also slow. For a while even searches timed out, but mostly it's those sites using google analytics, adwords, maps, etc.
I checked my own site from couple other places - it was fine. Campus, a Mason ISP, California. That pointed to, for me, a problem with AT&T. I've had issues with AT&T before (once it was their DHCP server) but they always blame the user. So I never bother calling them.
The problem is gone now, but potentially any of our own sites that rely on google could be problematic for AT&T users. For this particular project, I'm planning on fetching a static map and caching that server-side until the dynamic map is ready.
I wanted to add my experience to the sporadic reports of local broadband service on this list, and see if anyone else has this problem and knows of potential work-arounds.
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