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Trouble with the internets

If you're having trouble with your internet connection today, there's a big reason for it. A dispute over pricing between the world's two major providers has resulted in roadblocks across the net's infrastructure. The pricing dispute is between Level 3 Communications of Colorado and Cogent Communications of DC.

From the Boston Globe:

Although the scale of the disruption is unclear, the incident may offer more fodder for those who believe the Internet should be regulated by an international agency, such as the United Nations. Scientists in the United States invented the Internet, and the computers that oversee the network are still controlled by the US Department of Commerce, which favors a hands-off approach. But governments worldwide have launched a campaign to put the Internet under international control. American officials have resisted the idea, saying that UN oversight would introduce undue government interference and the threat of data censorship by authoritarian states like China.

In the meantime, read a book.


At 10/07/2005 11:31:00 PM, Blogger Joe Klein said...

It is a peering dispute. Level 3 and Cogent had an agreement to exchange traffic without charging each other. Level 3 decided they did not like the agreement and terminated the connection.

Your upstream provider must have a connection with either Cogent or Level 3 and no redundancy.

The governance issue is not as simplistic as you want it to be.

Here are some relevant links if you want to educate yourself.

At 10/07/2005 11:42:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Fair enough. Thanks for the information.

My connection seems pretty solid at home (via Time Warner). At work, when I was attempting to browse for information on this, it was a much different story.

Should be interesting to see how this all plays out.


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