I am in South Central NJ on a 25/5 plan and I too am experiencing high latency and slow download speeds. I've noticed on speakeasy that when I test the NY server my speeds are consistently good, but when I select virtually any other server my download speeds are awful.
This is causing major problems, particularly for online gaming. My latency in online games such as D3 has spiked at above 600ms.
I spoke with a Verizon tech last night, and they are sending a new router. Of course, I very much doubt this will fix the problem.
My question is: will switching my ISP to, for example, Comcast, solve this problem? Is the problem related to Verizon's infrastructure, or is it a much larger problem with the Internet?