Don't know if this had anything to do with my problems last night...of course on dial-up with a crappy ISP I'm always having problems anyways...but...all the same this is not a good thing...

Internet users worldwide may have experienced a slower Internet early this morning due to a major disruption of service from tier one carrier Level 3 Communications.

Performance measurements by Keynote Systems showed significant drops in availability and increases in Internet response time around the world in the overnight hours, with the worst disruption around 2 a.m. eastern standard time. Some Web sites were unreachable and service was shut off for some users, says Keynote, which monitors Internet and E-commerce performance. Level 3 did not return phone calls seeking comment on the disruption. Keynote also showed extensive performance degradation on the networks of NTT Communications subsidiary Verio. An NTT spokeswoman says those access problems may have been related to Level 3's problems.

Level 3 is among the largest providers of wholesale service to ISPs in North America, connecting millions of customers to the Internet. Earlier this month, the company was involved in a spat with fellow provider Cogent Communications that blocked access for thousands of users over a two day period. One Level 3 customer says his company's had outages before. "It shouldn't happen this often for a tier one ISP, and it concerns us," says David Geller, president and CEO of WhatCounts Inc., an E-mail marketing firm, via E-mail. "It impacted all of our customers in that our site and tools were inaccessible for several hours."
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