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"Family" Feud

I brought up the blog yesterday and discovered that I had I couldn't access any of my graphics, which I store at Photobucket. Well, I figured that maybe Photobucket was down--it's happened before--and that it would get back online the next day.

Today, I discovered that I couldn't access any of the blog's graphics. Something was wrong. As it turns out I, as a Road Runner subscriber, am being victimized by a pricing squabble between two of the companies making up the internet's backbone: Level 3 Communications and Cogent Communications. The short of it is that those people on Level 3's network (such as everyone on Road Runner) either cannot access or will have extremely slow access to Cogent's network (where sites like Photobucket live), and presumably vice-versa. It's not only screwing up web access--some have reported VOIP issues (check the comments).

I wonder if there is a way to get these companies to stop pissing around and do some proper negotiating without resorting to screwing the end user...

3 comment(s):

Blogger raven said:
That's weird. I'm not having any problems. Yesterday, there were three sites I couldn't access. They're fine now. So's Photobucket. My only difficulty is how freakin' slow the NaNoWriMo site is ...
commented 8:16 PM, October 06, 2005
Blogger MK said:
That sounds about right. I'd heard that access was regained (at least by rr.com) by around 6:00pm.

I think NaNoWriMo's slowness is more of a too-much-traffic issue.
commented 12:28 AM, October 07, 2005
Blogger raven said:
Too much traffic and not enough servers. They're up to speed today. I cannot wait 'til November!
commented 10:25 PM, October 07, 2005