To give you an idea of how fast the Internet is here, I downloaded Solaris Express 11 for Virtual Box (800+ MB) yesterday in under 15 minutes. I purchased a game (Defense Grid) on the App Store this afternoon. After an hour, it's finally got like one pixel shaded in on the progress bar.
Does the App Store throttle itself somehow? Is there an option to speed up the downloads? I'm not above screwing with kext files if that's what it takes.