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Earthlink Outage Blamed on Earth Day Power Failure

Atlanta based Internet service provider Earthlink had an outage for several hours on Wednesday, temporarily interrupting e-mail service. It also knocked offline many of the 87,000 Web sites it hosts, including the company's own homepage.

Several readers have written Security Fix asking what's up, and some have speculated that the fact that Earthlink was felled on Earth Day was just too perfect to be caused by anything but an attack on the company.

The reality is far more ironic: A spokeswoman for Earthlink blamed the incident on a power outage in Pasadena, California.

By Brian Krebs  |  April 23, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
 | Tags: earth day, earthlink, irony, outage  
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Posted by: MikeLicht | April 23, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say, "Power outage"? ...

Posted by: db16 | April 23, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I called Earthlink regarding this failure yesterday. The recorded message suggested going to their web page for assistance. Not really helpful.

Posted by: lmcclemons | April 23, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

This problem continues as of today, April 26, particularly for dial-in folks who are unable to connect. Dealing with Earthlink service, as least insofar as one can get any kind of truly helpful answer, is nearly hopeless. For me it is a critical issue, because I use email to connect twice daily with a very elderly mother, whose well being I need to be able to track.

I've been a pretty happy Earthlink user for many years but on this one they should give users a hearty refund.

Posted by: rkgood | April 26, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating coincidence that immediately after Time-Warner caved at consumer outcry over their metering bandwidth scheme that the brownouts warned of started to occur. Each instance has its own "explanation" for now, but it sure is a warning shot across the ow of how crippled internet access will look, huh?

Posted by: JaneyOhio | April 29, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

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