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Did the Midwest kill the Internet today?
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 29 December 2008 11:15

If the Internet wasn't working quite right for you today—maybe you couldn't reach Amazon or Ars, or maybe your iPhone couldn't load data—then you can probably blame the Midwest.?

By Jon Stokes | Published: December 28, 2008 - 10:11PM CT

iPhone-using Ars staffers in the Chicago area (and there are quite a few) reported problems with AT&T's voice and data service. The problems were intermittent and affect different users differently, and as of this writing they still persist. AT&T has released a statement to local Chicago news outlets attributing the problems to a power failure.

"At about 9:30 a.m. CST on Dec. 28, a power failure impacted an AT&T facility in Bloomfield, MI," state and AT&T spokesperson. "This situation has resulted in intermittent disruption of mobile services for customers in some Midwest states." The spokesperson went on to use the hideous word "impacted" a few more times in explaining that technicians had restored power and were trying to fix the network.

Bloomfield is way north of Detroit, MI, but the latter town may have been the site of some Level3 backbone problems that caused outages at a number of sites today, including Ars. A post at the SANS Internet Storm Center indicates that many of that site's readers are fingering the Detroit area as the outage's source and citing the Internet Health Report (which seems to indicate that things are fine right now) as evidence that Level3 is to blame. TechCrunch has a screenshot of the IHR when it was lighting up red for Level3, and some of the comments list a few of the other major sites that were down. [ARS Technica....]    [Comments...]

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