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Internet assessment - September 13 2001
Approximately 5,000 people are still missing in three different areas, rescue efforts continue in New York City. Recovery efforts are underway at the Pentagon and southwest Pennsylvania crash sites. Normal telephone repair activities are still suspended in New York City and parts of Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. Verizon is continuing its repair of 140 West. NYSE is closed Friday, and plans to conduct a full scale stress test over the weekend, and reopen on Monday. Other than 140 West and the equipment in the World Trade Center, no other telecommunication CO's have any reported structural problems. Access to several telecommunication sites in Manhattan is still restricted. Reports of imminent collapse of other Internet or Telco facilities in New York City have been false. AT&T and Earthlink have added additional Internet dialup telephone numbers in the New York area. Earthlink status pages show many DSL lines in New York City are still down. Genuity's web site has a message from its Chairman about the three people still missing from the Genuity family. UUNET status page reports they are working under "routine emergency" operations. Sprint is restoring Sprint PCS service in Manhattan. Four cell sites were damaged, and other cell sites were cut off due to failures in the wireline carrier. RCN, a major regional provider in New York City and Washington DC, status page reports its service has been restored. Qwest, Level 3, Williams and other new carriers report no impact on their networks. www.cw.net hasn't been updated in months. Anyone know a current website for C&W? Equinix, Exodus, MFN/PAIX/Abovenet, and other colocation providers announced they are prepared to assist companies needing to emergency assistance to relocate Internet operations. See the company's web site for details on how to contact them if you need such assistance. Fuel supplies reached 25 Broadway, but the generator shutdown shortly afterwards due to overtemperature. Telehouse Broadway acts as one of the US/European exchange points for several regional and mid-level networks. Based on figures from the NYIIX web site and Abovenet MRTG graphs, several hundred megabytes of traffic shifted to alternate routes. The Internet routed around much of the failure, but there seem to be only a few individual networks which are unreachable. The generator was restored and then failed again. Power is still out in lower Manhattan, ConEdision is bringing in additional generators with the assistance of FEMA. ConEd is also helping some sites arrange fuel deliveries. Cisco TAC has created a new priority schedule for replacement parts within the USA. There are now priority levels above P1 for problems affecting national security and emergency service (hospital, police) networks. "Normal" P1 calls and shipment of any replacement parts will be handled after national security and emergency service networks. Air cargo shipments are still delayed. I expect other major router hardware vendors have implemented similar priority shipping schedules. Special Note: There have been several hoaxes directed at Internet Service Providers. ISPs shouldn't make changes based on phone calls allegedly from police, military or similar sources. Consider using extra care to verify the source of the information or request.