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Cogent, Level 3 In Standoff Over Internet Access

Cogent Communications and Level 3 Communications are in a standoff after Level 3 pulled the plug on shared Internet traffic from Cogent on Wednesday.

Level 3, based in Broomfield, Co., cut off the peer-to-peer connection to Cogent, making tens of millions of IP addresses unreachable by Cogent customers, according to one partner affected by the outage.

Cogent, based in Washington, D.C., issued a statement Friday requesting that Level 3 turn back on the Internet backbone peering connection. "Once traffic is being exchanged between the two networks, Cogent will discuss the peering situation with Level 3, anytime, anywhere," the Cogent statement said.

A Level 3 representative said the company would issue its own statement sometime Friday.

Tom Snyder, COO of Xantrion, an Oakland, Calif., consultant and MSP said his team noticed the outage created by the de-peering of the two ISVs and that as many as 45 million IP addresses became unreachable. He said Xantrion was able to spare its customers any long-term impacts by rerouting traffic using failover features in SonicWall firewall products.

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