Seriously. Updating my Macbook, downloading the update would take 10 hours. I connected to VPN, and now it's 26 minutes!
Jeezus. Verizon sucks.
EDIT: for specific values of "sucks." Verizon's connections with other networks are insufficient to satisfy customer demand. VPN services route around the congestion, so the offer better performance than Verizon alone provides.
EDIT 2: That 26 minute download ended up taking 4 minutes.