A major internet outage on Sunday took Hulu, Amazon, and 3.5% of the world’s internet traffic with it

Noble Horvath

  • A giant internet outage, due to an issue at major telecommunications company CenturyLink, wiped out 3.5% of global internet traffic on Sunday.
  • The outage affected web giants including Amazon and Hulu as well as individual internet users.
  • The outage began at 6 a.m. Eastern and ended around 11 a.m. Eastern.

CenturyLink, a major telecommunications company, experienced a giant outage on Sunday that impacted internet users across the US. The issue, which the company says has since been resolved, caused global internet traffic to drop 3.5%, according to the internet company Cloudflare.

The outage began at about 6 a.m. Eastern and affected individual users as well as internet-based services like Hulu, Chase, Xbox Live, Discord, and Amazon. Connection was restored about five hours later, at around 11 a.m. Eastern.

The outage comes at a time when Americans are relying on internet access more than ever. Since the start of the COVID-19

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Myanmar court convicts Maung Saungkha for protesting internet shutdowns; all charges must be rescinded

Noble Horvath

Access Now calls on Myanmar authorities to immediately rescind charges against poet and activist Maung Saungkha. 

Reports have come out of Yangon today that Maung Saungkha was found guilty of violating Section 4 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law, which requires people give advanced notice to hold a protest. His crime? Hanging a banner asking “Is the internet being shut down to hide war crimes and killing people?” from an overpass in downtown Yangon on June 21. This marked the one-year anniversary of internet shutdowns in several townships in the Rakhine and Chin states, one of the longest running internet shutdowns in the world. 

The international community has repeatedly raised concerns around the continuing internet shutdown and its impact on rights of communities, and the furtherance of targeted violence. The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar has called upon government authorities to rescind the decision and remove the ban

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Telling people to delete Facebook won’t fix the internet

Noble Horvath

Is your teenage son falling in with a bad crowd? Does your tween daughter have low self-esteem and serious impulse-control problems? Are your family dinners brief and poorly attended? If this sounds familiar, your household may be a victim of… social media.

We’ve seen years of escalating (and reasonable) fears that Facebook, YouTube, and other big social networks are bad for their users. The Social Dilemma, a docu-drama that debuts on Netflix next week, is meant as a vivid cautionary tale. It’s actually something a bit weirder: a primer on manipulative interface design in the form of an earnest after-school special or a feature-length anti-drug PSA. Directed by Jeff Orlowski, The Social Dilemma is an enjoyably lucid explanation of how sites keep users scrolling and clicking. But it’s reiterating a familiar and simplistic assessment of how the internet has changed our lives.

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Researchers set a new world-record Internet speed

Noble Horvath

Researchers at University College London claim they’ve obtained a new top internet speed of 178Tbps – a fifth quicker than the prior record and fast enough to download the entire Netflix catalog in under a second, they say.

To achieve that, the researchers used different bandwidth ranges than are typically used in commercial optical systems. Traditional fiber infrastructure uses bandwidth of 4.5THz with 9THz becoming more available commercially. In UCL experiments, the scientists used 16.8THz.

To do this the researchers used a variety of amplifier technologies, customizing which ones they used for each wavelength to optimize its performance as measured by phase, brightness and polarization, according to a press statement put out by UCL. These customization packages are known as geometric signal constellations.

The amplifiers that they’ve been working with are called hybrid discrete Raman & rare-earth doped fiber amplifiers, and they used the S-, C—and L-bands simultaneously, according to

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Boston Public Library to reopen for computer use amid COVID-19 pandemic; 9 branches to provide internet through outdoor Wi-Fi program

Noble Horvath

What lies beyond the pandemic? MassForward is MassLive’s series examining the journey of Massachusetts’ small businesses through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

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Having internet access in Boston may just become a little bit easier because of a new program launched by the city this week.

The Boston Public Library will soon reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic to allow residents to use computers at its main Copley Square location, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday.

As part of the public computer access program, patrons will be able to set up two-hour appointments to use computers in a socially distance spaced within the Central Library, the mayor said in a statement.

Another initiative Walsh announced Tuesday, called the outdoor Wi-Fi program, will also provide 24-hour outdoor internet access at nine other Boston Public Library branch locations throughout the city, allowing users to socially distance while browsing online.

The two initiatives, which

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The dead zone: Rockingham County, long devoid of internet service, might join the wired world | Local News

Noble Horvath

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY — The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a sharp spotlight on the issue of rural, broadband dead zones that have long handicapped residents of Rockingham County.

In a unique time when work, education and life have quickly shifted to the virtual world, universal access to reliable internet is more important than ever.

“COVID-19 has reemphasized the shortfalls we have, not just in our county, but throughout the state,” said Mark Richardson, chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.

But a major boost may finally come to the rural county from recently announced grant awards to pay for broadband.

Over the next 20 days, Spectrum Southeast is expected to finalize contracts with the N.C. Department of Information Technology with plans to bring internet access to underserved areas of the county of about 91,000.

Work is expected to begin soon after the contracts are signed, county officials said, explaining they

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Tech firms threaten to quit Belarus after crackdown, internet outages

Noble Horvath

MOSCOW/MINSK (Reuters) – For Belarus’s thriving tech industry, it didn’t matter much that the country’s president referred to the internet as “garbage” and state factories as the engine of economic success. Until now.

FILE PHOTO: Logo of Hi-Tech Park Belarus is seen on a wall at its office in Minsk, Belarus March 17, 2016. To match Insight BELARUS-TECH/ REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/File Photo

The sector could become a casualty of weeks of violent political crisis in the east European country, putting at risk a source of foreign income that is worth 5% of exports.

The staff of international IT companies have joined mass protests and are threatening to quit Belarus after the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko on August 9 that his opponents say was rigged.

Stories of tortured detainees and the sight of plainclothes officers grabbing protesters off the street made working life difficult for the Minsk employees of the California-based

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Hunter Communications Named Oregon’s Fastest Business Internet

Noble Horvath

Hunter Communications (Hunter), the premier fiber-optic communications services provider in southern Oregon and northern California, was recognized by BroadbandNow with four 2020 Internet Service Provider Awards, including for fastest business internet speeds in Oregon and among the top 10 nationwide.

BroadbandNow, an organization that tracks and analyzes broadband speeds and overall customer satisfaction, annually recognizes excellence among internet service providers. Hunter won four awards for fastest average speed, customer satisfaction and affordable plans in the mid-size provider categories:

  • #1 Fastest Business Internet in Oregon
  • #1 Fastest Business Fiber Service in Oregon
  • Top 10 Fastest Business Internet Nationwide
  • Top 10 Fastest Business Fiber Service Nationwide

“Our employees and team have worked very hard to deliver an exceptional service to our customers, while building a world class fiber network right here in southern Oregon,” said Michael Wynschenk, CEO of Hunter Communications. “It’s great to be recognized by BroadbandNow, a nationwide broadband rating

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Researchers set a world record for Internet speed

Noble Horvath

Researcher Dr. Lidia Galdino has worked with two other companies, including Xtera and KDDI Research, to set a world record for Internet data transmission rate. The researchers were able to achieve a data transmission rate of 178 terabits per second, which works out to 178,000 megabits a second. To put that speed in perspective, at such high download speeds, it would be possible to download the entire Netflix library in less than a second.

The record is double the capacity of any system currently deployed around the globe. The team was able to hit such high transmission speeds by transmitting data through a much wider range of light colors, or wavelength, than typically used in optical fiber. Current infrastructure systems use a limited spectrum band with the 4.5 THz.

However, there are 9THz systems currently entering the market. The system the researchers developed uses 16.8THz. To achieve the feet the

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