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Egypt Leaves the Internet

Unprecedented in the history of the Internet the Egyptian government forces the countries our largest ISPs to cut broadband connections.

By James Cowie on January 27, 2011 7:56 PM | 101 Comments | 12 TrackBacks

Thanks to all for great comments and questions. Please see below for latest updates on the ongoing Egyptian Internet blackout. –jim

Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.

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