Level3.Net is being Internet Terrorist in my opinion

I have been sitting here in Hawaii all day trying to reach various podcast sites on the Internet and they keep timing out. This is on both Road Runner Broadband and Earthlink dial up. All dayI have been getting e-mail from listeners of our podcast that cannot download the show. When I reach the folks at Libsyn they tell me they are up but a Tier 1 traffic provider has cut peering access to Cogent, i’m on the level 3 side my podcast files are on the Cogent side.

Well isn’t that a bunch of crap. It appears that Level3.net cut the access to a large portion of the Internet, and now companies all across the nation are going into emergency mode trying to route around this Level 3 debacle. But the issue is bigger. I live in Hawaii and a great majority of traffic going to the mainland is on Level 3 infrastructure. This is causing Hawaii to be cut off to large portions of the Internet . My packets for a great number of sites I visit go three hops and die at some Level3 switch.

This is Internet Terrorism in my opinion, being perpetrated by a company that is rumored to be pissed of that Cogent is selling bandwidth much cheaper than Level3 can. I am sure within a couple of days with thousands of routing tables being updated that things will be back to normal but it explains why sites on the east coast are largely unreachable. [Slashdot]

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

2 thoughts on “Level3.Net is being Internet Terrorist in my opinion

  1. Level3 is bad. I used to ave 75-90ms in latency when playing World of Warcraft (which is normal). Lately it’s been 175-400ms on average which is unacceptable.

    Check out hop #8. I emailed them and my ISP but no one seems to really care. TimeWarner is the only ISP offered where I live and Level3 is a big monster — so who else can you go to anyhow if you quit? It really is a bad situation.

    LEVEL3 is bottle-necked______________________________________
    Tracing route to us.logon.worldofwarcraft.com []
    over a maximum of 30 hops:
    1 2 ms 1 ms 1 ms xx.xx.xx.xx [censored]
    2 7 ms 8 ms 9 ms xx.xx.xx.xx [censored]
    3 * 7 ms 13 ms pos3-2.austtxs-rtr1.austin.rr.com []
    4 9 ms 9 ms 10 ms srp0-1.austtxrdcsc-rtr1.austin.rr.com []
    5 16 ms 9 ms 10 ms gig2-0-0.austtxrdcsc-rtr3.texas.rr.com []
    6 14 ms 13 ms 14 ms
    7 18 ms 18 ms 17 ms
    8 105 ms 205 ms 214 ms ae-13-53.car3.Dallas1.Level3.net []
    9 18 ms 20 ms 19 ms att-level3-oc48.Dallas1.Level3.net []
    10 48 ms 47 ms 46 ms tbr1-p010301.dlstx.ip.att.net []
    11 48 ms 49 ms 49 ms tbr1-cl20.la2ca.ip.att.net []
    12 49 ms 47 ms 47 ms
    13 46 ms 48 ms 50 ms
    14 47 ms 53 ms 50 ms mdf001c7613r0004-gig-12-1.lax1.attens.net []

  2. Todd, that totally sucks, Its going to effect all us podcasters at one point. I have been pretty lucky I don’t think it’s affecting me yet as my subscibers continues to rise and I havn’t gotten any emails from my listeners yet. But I have noticed a BIG chuck of the podcasts I listen to I can’t get their newest shows.

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