Internet Backbone Unravels in Dispute Over Traffic

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Level 3 depeers Cogent
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Level 3 no longer allows Cogent to send traffic over its networks for free. The move affects an estimated 15% of all internet users ( according to the WSJ ), preventing them from communicating with other networks. The core of the issue between the two companies is that Level 3 felt the arrangement was unfair.

IMO this underscores just how important the internet is to our lives and how it's use can't all be left to the hands of corporations.

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Here's a bit more

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/051007/dcf033.html?.v=22

Cogent Communications Group, Inc. (Amex: COI - News), a Tier 1 Internet Service provider, is requesting that Level 3 turn their side of the companies' Internet backbone peering connection back on immediately to thwart any further disruption of mutual customers' Internet service. Once traffic is being exchanged between the two networks, Cogent will discuss the peering situation with Level 3, anytime, anywhere.

sham

IMO this underscores just how important the internet is to our lives and how it's use can't all be left to the hands of corporations.

meanwhile the government and defense contractors reward this sleezy cut throat behavior. L3 recently got:

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