The Internet Is Broken
No, it's not just you. At 2 a.m. this morning the internet started falling apart when Level3 went down. Verio went next. This is undoubtedly the latest in the row between Level3 and Cogent, two tier 1 internet providers that have been making the public very aware of their on again, off again getting-old-fast soap-opera-like relationship. (more info)
Long story short, depending on how you connect to the internet, you may or may not be able to get to about half of the sites out there. I don't know if this will be fixed by morning, but even if it is, expect your email to be messed up for at least the rest of the day.
You can try getting up-to-the-minute stats from somewhere like here. That is, if you're able to connect at all.
Internet Pulse also has stats.
Update 3:20 AM Central:
"Level(3) had an OSPF failure in Chicago, that is resulting in nationwide failures across the US and parts of Europe. They are currently working on restoring service in all markets."Looks like it wasn't the result of corporate bickering after all. Instead, it was just a few techs that didn't know what they heck they're doing.
How ya doin, Chicago? Thanks for breaking the internet!
Love, North America and Europe. (*smoochies*)
Posted by jkhat at October 21, 2005 02:21 AM
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|# October 21st, 2005 3:12 AM pinguino|
|some guy at fark said: "Level3 farked a router upgrade in Chicago at 1AM Central. It's being worked on... It's 3AM, and I'm sitting in the Central Office for SBC right now..." |
|# October 21st, 2005 3:33 AM james|
|as someone how used to work in IT, i can tell you that a lot of people's pagers went off tonight. if you know any IT people, it's best to steer clear of them today. |
|# October 21st, 2005 7:58 AM JohnTant|
|Based on my experience in the industry, I can tell you peering issues revolving around that company are going to quickly become the norm.
The way I see it, you have Level3 selling bandwidth at $x, and Cogent selling it for much cheaper. I think a lot of Cogent's peers are going to be looking at the difference in pricing, the traffic running through their system which they are basically giving to Cogent, and start reworking those agreements. AOL did it a couple of years ago, and now Level3.
Cogent's model may work for a smallish ISP, but I don't see it having any staying power for a large network that relies on these peering agreements.
|# October 21st, 2005 8:06 AM kris|
|I'm just a little scared that you were up at 3:33 am to know about this. |
|# October 21st, 2005 8:07 AM kris|
|oddly enough, as part of my day job, i had an email go out at 4 am Central Time. So far delivery looks to be normal so I'm hoping everything is cleared up. |
|# October 21st, 2005 11:19 AM kris|
|Some of the comments and forums on the internet last night are pretty funny. It seems like this outage screwed a whole hell of a lot of online poker players. |
|# October 21st, 2005 11:24 AM james|
|totalfark had a pretty funny thread going.
"AHHHHH! THE INTERNET IS BROKEN.
/hold me. please."
|# October 21st, 2005 11:40 AM kris|
|Can you imagine what it would like it that had happened at 3 pm instead of 3 am. The whole country would be shut down. People wouldn't know what to do. |
|# October 21st, 2005 12:08 PM james|
|"The whole country would be shut down. People wouldn't know what to do. "
i think if it happened at 3pm, the country's productivity would skyrocket as employees everywhere actually did their jobs.
|# October 21st, 2005 12:12 PM kris|
|that's partially true, but those of us that work on the Internet would be lost. |
|# October 21st, 2005 12:21 PM james|
|you work in a staging area in the intranet.