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By Steven P.
Large parts of internet inaccessible thanks to Akamai Edge DNS outage
by Steven Parker
If you are unable to access services like PlayStation Network or Steam, as well as websites like Airbnb, and in my case even the major supermarket chains in The Netherlands as well as the mobile apps, you're not the only one. Starting at approximately 17:20 PM CET / 11:20AM ET, Downdetector began logging a spike in outage reports across a variety of online services and websites.
Above times in the image are in CET.
Aside from the aforementioned services, LastPass, TikTok and UPS are also down as of writing. Visiting the PlayStation Store and other affected websites return a DNS error.
The source of the problem is Akamai, one of the largest content delivery networks in the world. "We are aware of an emerging issue with the Edge DNS service," the company shared in an update on its website posted at 12:09PM ET. "We are actively investigating the issue." However they have not yet disclosed what is causing the issue.
17:50 CET / 12:50 ET: Thankfully the outages appears to be short lived, as services are returning again. I can once again login to my local supermarket to place an order. Akamai has not yet updated its status page to resolved, so we're keeping an eye on it and will update if they provide further details.
The Akamai status page has been update to show "All Systems Operational" and there is one note posted at 17:09 UTC (19:09 CET 1:09 PM ET) that simply says "The incident has been mitigated" without explaining what happened:
OneWeb and BT sign UK rural connectivity solutions deal
by Paul Hill
The internet satellite company OneWeb has announced an agreement with BT to help get the hard to reach rural parts of the UK connected with faster internet connections. Using OneWeb’s satellites, BT may not need to lay any equipment to get residents in rural areas connected to the net at faster speeds.
Under the agreement, BT will look at how OneWeb’s satellite technology could support improved capacity, mobile resilience, backhaul, and coverage in remote locations. Aside from helping business and communities get connected, the two firms could also look at how internet satellites could serve BT’s global customers.
Commenting on the agreement, OneWeb’s CEO, Neil Masterson, said:
No dates have been set as part of this deal as to when internet satellites may be used to deliver connectivity to those in remote areas but hopefully we’ll hear more about any developments that the two firms make in the coming months.
UK government urged to subsidise broadband for those on low-incomes
by Paul Hill
The UK government has been urged to offer vouchers to low-income homes to encourage more people to begin using ultra-fast gigabit broadband, according to BBC News. The advice was delivered as part of a report compiled by the Gigabit Take-up Advisory Group (GigaTAG). The report also called on employers to offer staff discounts on the service, especially now that more people are working from home.
In the GigaTAG report, the authors said that a number of barriers prevent low-income households from connecting to gigabit internet. It said:
Responding to the report, Digital Infrastructure minister Matt Warman said that he would be considering the recommendations of the report. He said that the government wants to make sure everyone can benefit from these fast speeds, no matter their background.
As things stand, gigabit seems a little bit futuristic to most people given that in the UK it is only available in a quarter of UK homes and there’s currently not a lot of need for such high speeds. When we fast forward to 2025, however, when augmented and virtual reality will be more widespread, people will need higher speeds than are currently available so it’s important that the government establishes how it plans to ensure everyone has access.
The GigaTAG group was formed at the request of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Its membership includes Which?, Confederation of British Industry, Federation of Small Businesses, Ofcom, Broadband Stakeholder Group, Internet Service Providers’ Association, Be the Business, DCMS, and Good Things Foundation.
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Facebook completes first phase of its Indiana fiber network
by Paul Hill
Map via Wikimedia Facebook has announced the successful completion of the first phase of its latest fiber network in Indiana. The firm said that new fiber routes will help it support its 3 billion users around the world as the connections between its data centers become faster. The network route, which spans 80 miles, runs along Interstate 70 between Indiana and Ohio.
In partnership with the communications infrastructure provider Zayo, Facebook has now begun the second phase of the network. The second phase will connect from Indianapolis, along Highway 40, to the Indiana/Illinois border. It’s expected that the second phase will be completed by the end of the year and together both network routes will go from east to west across the state.
When complete, the counties of Wayne, Henry, Hancock, Marion, Hendricks, Putnam, Clay, and Vigo will benefit from the improved infrastructure which Facebook hopes will boost economic growth, opportunity, and job creation.
Commenting on the announcement, Michele Kohler, Business Development Manager, Network Investment at Facebook, said:
Facebook said it plans to form partnerships with local and regional internet providers so that broadband access for people can be boosted, including in underserved rural areas where connection speeds are slower.