It's clear that speed matters to the users. Page visitors are impatient and nasty, they expect the page to load fast, Google-fast. Peter Da Vanzo from seobook.com suggests that this constant threat of loosing users even justifies to sacrifice graphics and features in lieu of speed.
Yesterday Amazon released their new service called CloudFront which is aimed to enhance network performance (lower latency) through a network of edge location around the world.
Pricing is on a per-per-use basis without minimum fees and might be a really good hosting solution for companies with an international audience who care about their users.
John Resig and his team from jQuery reported large improvements where latency has shrunk to a quarter of the usual times.
Send me your experiences and thoughts!