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Normal problems, only from small and medium ISPs
Yesterday someone commented about the lack of "normal" problems you might expect on any day of the year. As far as I know, no large carrier, ISP or satellite company reported any problems Y2K or otherwise. Nevertheless small and medium ISPs continued to report the usual circuit problems and other issues right through the weekend. There did seem to be fewer trouble than average, but it wasn't zero. This was one of the issues I spoke about with the Feds earlier this summer, and one of the reasons why I pushed so hard to get reporting from small and medium ISPs. After all very few small and medium ISPs own their own facilities, so the circuit problems were likely in facilities owned by the larger carriers even though the carriers reported no problems. By listening to the small and medium providers, they would be more likely to hear about problems in the carrier facilities faster than the carriers would on their own. Last week one major carrier spokesperson was even quoted in an interview they were only going to report things required by the FCC, which as you know does not included any wireless or Internet problems.