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[ NNSquad ] Peering dispute cuts off Sprint<->Cogent Internet traffic

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Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:28:13 -0400
From: Ed Jankiewicz <edward.jankiewicz@sri.com>
Subject: Total Filtering
To: Lauren Weinstein <lauren@vortex.com>

As reported by our regional high school, name changed to protect the 
innocent.  By the way, this impedes students ability to get course 
information and complete homework assignments over the weekend.  Talk 
about the digital divide!  A hole or rip in the Internet - sounds like a 
Star Trek(tm) plot device.

As many news organizations are now reporting, Sprint-Nextel (Embarq) has 
decided to sever its Internet connection with Cogent, another Internet 
service provider.  This action has caused a "hole" or "rip" in the 
internet, meaning that Sprint-Nextel (Embarq) and Cogent customers may 
find they cannot access resources hosted by the other company's 
customers. Similar standoffs have occurred in the past, and usually one 
company backs down after a few days, but no one can predict what will 
happen in this case.
Since Hunterdon Central uses Cogent as our primary internet provider, 
some Sprint-Nextel (Embarq) customers may find that they cannot access 
<our High School> resources, such as email, the portal and Moodle. In 
response to this problem, <our High School> has voiced a complaint to 
both companies. We are also investigating using an emergency alternate 
internet provider for Saturday and Sunday, if the problem continues 
through Friday evening.
We will update you with additional information as soon as it is 
available. We apologize for the inconvenience that this is causing and 
we thank you for your patience while we work to find an alternate way of 
providing internet access to users on the Sprint-Nextel (Embarq) network.


Ed J.

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