The youtube video downloading did the trick! For anyone else interested:
My problem was with the hughesnet satellite internet restrictions. It didn't take much video watching to get the restriction put on, which slowed the internet down to a crawl for 24 hours before it was lifted. They told me if I wanted to watch videos, or download anything, to do it in the wee hours of the morning, when there would be less people using the system.
To ensure fair Internet access for all HughesNet® members, HUGHES maintains a Fair Access Policy. This policy establishes a fair balance in Internet access for HughesNet members.
Hughes assigns a download allowance to each service plan that limits the amount of data that may be downloaded during a typical day. A small percentage of members exceed this limit and therefore experience a temporary reduction of speed
Schedule your downloads to occur during the Download Zone from 2 am – 7 am ET every morning