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Entire North American internet suddenly slowed down today at 5:30am

Oct 26, 2012

The Internet Traffic Report is showing that packet loss – which is (I’m paraphrasing here) data sent over the the internet that fails to reach its intended destination – has sharply increased since early this morning, from a usual loss of yesterday’s 24% to around 36% as of 2pm today, EST. A general rule of thumb is that the higher the packet loss, the slower the internet. Here’s the graph of packet loss over the last 24 hours:

PacketLoss Entire North American internet suddenly slowed down today at 5:30am

Some major servers in New York City, Mexico, California, and Wisconsin are not responding at all. This is a graph of traffic data from the last 24 hours. As you can see, there’s a dramatic drop in data at around 5:30am this morning.

Screen Shot 2012 10 26 at 2.07.45 PM Entire North American internet suddenly slowed down today at 5:30am

Here’s some live data, thanks to Internet Traffic Report. More on this story as it develops.


The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections.

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