As you say, the speed you see will be highly dependent on many factors, but I have seen speeds in excess of 2MByte/s when transferring from DreamHost to a remote host using wget.
That second trace route you posted sure does look strange. I see fairly direct routes when tracing to my DreamHost server, with overall latency of just under 200ms, which is considered good from my part of the world (south-eastern Australia) to the west coast of the United States.
It has been for me. I don’t normally upload extremely large files, my limit is usually around 20-30Mbyte, but I have not encountered any FTP issues since being hosted here.
To be honest, it seems to vary. I personally have always received rapid responses to my support queries, normally receiving a reply within 12 hours, but others on the forum have reported waiting a few days for responses.
Yes, you can host .uk domains without an issue, you just can’t use DreamHost as the registrar for such domains. To host them here, you simply configure the name servers at your registrar to point to the DreamHost name servers.
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