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    Network feud leads to Net blackout

    Two major Internet backbone companies are feuding, potentially cutting off significant swaths of the Internet for some of each other's customers.

    On Wednesday, network company Level 3 Communications cut off its direct "peering" connections to another big network company called Cogent Communications. That technical action means that some customers on each company's network now will find it impossible, or slower, to get to Web sites on the other company's network.

    William Steele, a senior network engineer for Syncro Services, said his company noticed the problem Wednesday morning.

    "There are some people I can't send an e-mail to," Steele said. "At home, I have Road Runner as an ISP, and wasn't even able to remotely connect in order to manage our servers."
    http://news.com.com/Network%20feud%2...9592&subj=news
    Network feud leads to Net blackout | CNET News.com

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    That might be why I can't seem to follow the cooltechzone link from this newsvac article..

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    Hmm... interesting. I'm always learning something new about how the internet works.

    Had no idea about peering agreements... I thought it was as simple as throw a crap load of routers out there with BGP and let traffic fly. I should have guessed... nothing can be that simple.

    Has anyone here been affected by this? As far as I can tell... I have not...

    If you were like me and was wondering what in the hell "peering" is... check out this wiki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peering_point

    the_JinX: I can't access that link either... and I'm coming from a Verizon ISP. You'd think that Verizon would be their own teir 1 and not be affected? I can't even try to traceroute it, or do a lookup on it (whois or samspade), etc.
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    I cant access the link either from tiscali. I cant ever get a result from a DNS lookup from my router?
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    Then it's propably something to do with that cooltechzone domain..
    (Never heard of them before, was just irritated that the link from newsvac didn't work and then read this thread)..

    I read some up on this..
    To think they were so nice in 2001 http://dc.internet.com/news/article.php/799681
    Kinda funny thread on L3 vs Cogent http://www.webhostingtalk.com/archiv...d/78729-1.html

    And news discussion on this de-peering: http://groups.google.com/group/n3td3...a139dca002ab4c
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