I'm trying to download the latest LTS server. The first time I tried it estimated about 30 minutes which I felt was too long, so I canceled the d/l and restarted. It went up to about 45 minutes. Cancelled again, waited about 5 minutes and restarted another d/l. Now it wants an hour to do it. What gives? Is ubuntu just that popular or did I trigger some kind of anti-d/l mechanism or am I just lucky, or is there a real problem here?
I would try one of the mirror sites. There's a list of mirror sites on the Alternative Downloads page, so pick one close to you and enjoy a speedy download!