I’d like to know too. Latency is fine - my packets are reaching there and going back well. I’ve got a few proxy errors; maybe the proxy is whacked, maybe there’s a DOS and the server (or proxy) is overloaded, but I’m not able to measure that from here. I’ve read some rumors about bad weather, I don’t know how can that be affecting.
Down in the Republic of Panama I have been having the same problems. FreeRepublic is sometimes available but generally not. I was able to ping the site with no difficulty. Skype has also been a problem although most other sites are available.