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Libyan Internet service interrupted for hours

February 19, 2011  »  BroadbandNo Comment

Not surprisingly, given the state of Libyan politics, Libya’s major Internet routes appear to have been inactive for much of Friday, February 28th. Renesys, the monitoring company who so keenly watched Egypt’s shut-down of the Internet a couple of weeks go, is reporting that Libya experienced a lack of Internet service for a period of time on Friday. A Renesys blog post states that service was cut and then reactivated 7 hours later:

Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn at 23:18 GMT (Friday night, 1:18am Saturday local time), and Libya is off the Internet.

At this moment, however, service appears restored. Interestingly, Google’s Transparency Report, although lacking normalized data for Friday’s Internet usage in Libya, suggests a major interruption as well.

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Internet traffic appears to have been cut for a period of hours on Friday, February 18th {Google}

Other media sources (including the Los Angeles Times) were quick to post on the situation but have not yet updated with news of the restoration.