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Yes, the Internet was slow this morning

Which'll teach you to get on the Internet at 7 a.m. on a Sunday, but in any case, the issue was a routing misconfiguration at Level 3, one of the larger Internet backbone providers (i.e., they provide the giant pipes that connect your Internet provider to Web sites' Internet providers).

A technical explanation from Pair Networks (UHub's Web hosting service):

Level3, one of our network providers, has been having a major intermittent outage affecting at least the East Coast of the United States since approximately 6:00 AM this morning. They are accepting traffic for our network and dropping 50% or more of it. Even when we shut down the line, they continue to announce and drop traffic (a situation reported by other network operators in a variety of locations as well). Until they correct their configuration issue and honor our requests to stop announcing our traffic, this problem will persist. We are keeping as much pressure on them as we can to resolve the issue. Anyone who reaches our network via any of our other network providers -- Telia, GTT, or Cogent -- will be unaffected.

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So, toxic sludge built up in the internet pond because the swan boats weren't aerating it?

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No slow down or interruption here, even though I am entirely internet-dependent (TV, web browsing, WiFi) since I cut the Comcast cable cord. For what it's worth, my provider is Starry Internet, and I couldn't be more impressed with them.

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You're welcome. -the Boston internet Gods.

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This badly affected the Longwood Medical Area from 6 - 11:30 a.m.

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Or it takes forever to fill up again.

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... and nothing came out!

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Its a series of tubes.

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and wasn't sure whether to blame them on Verizon, or my DSL provider, or my DSL modem/wifi-router. Looks like the answer was "none of the above".

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Just gave it a squirt of WD40, and Bob's your uncle.

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but I do have WD40.

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I hope this is fixed by tomorrow. Everyone working from home is going to have a tough time if the Internet is down.

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It's been fixed.

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Several of my auto pay transactions failed during this service interruption. I logged in and completed these transactions manually a few hours later.

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The Internet was designed not to have one. Where's the redundancy?

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Adam and Ron, I appreciate the article pointers, particularly because I did some work with BGP a long time ago (waaaay back when, before there were flowspecs. Don't blame me!!!).

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