Cogents Major Internet Backup

    November 17, 2005

Reports are coming of a serious Internet disruption along the eastern half the United States. Cogent, which owns and controls one of the cornerstone Internet networks reported its fiber network was cut in two separate locations.

One cut occurred in New Orleans, the other in Washington D.C. and cut off the Southeastern portion of the network. The Washington Post quoted Tecora Washington of Cogent saying, “This has effectively isolated the Southeast portion of Cogent’s network.”

The Post also mentioned information from Cogent spokesperson Jeff Henricksen’s email responding to the problem. The first line in New Orleans was cut at 8:25 a.m. ET this morning. Repairs began at 1 p.m. ET. The D.C. cut happened at 10:44 a.m. ET and said the line was crushed. They expected repair to be completed in the next several hours.

This is creating a lot of problems as many ISP report slowdowns and outages across the eastern half of the U.S. According to Brian Krebs of the post, he spoke with people who said they had problems from Minnesota all the way to Pennsylvania.

This is evening hitting our own offices here at WebProNews. Some of our email publications are experiencing delays because of this Cogent’s network problems. When Cogent’s networks will be up and running is unknown.

John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.