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Election 2000 - Network performance status quo
Large scale measurements of the Internet showed no measurable difference in overall packet loss or reachability during the 2000 US national elections. Aggregate traffic measurements at NAPs and some providers' MRTG graphs didn't show much difference from last Tuesday's. Unscientific measurements of specific web sites (i.e. news and political sites) did show increased latency and timeouts, which tends to indicate the bottleneck was at the web site. CNN and MSNBC went to a stripped down front page; which helped their performance. ABCnews and CBSnews appeared to keep their full frontpage, and were very sluggish. Yahoo News, with the most stripped down, almost all text news page, was speedy all night long. Although some people throwup their hands, and say you can't control the Internet; it does seem like many of the issues are at the point under the control of the individual organization. Smaller websites such as political candidate sites did have problems loading, but they are probably going away tomorrow anyway.