On August 12th, 2014 there were worldwide problems connecting to the Internet. Networking experts from Cisco Systems, Inc., a major Information Technology supplier of the routers that run the Internet, attributed the wide-scale slowdown to an old and outdated routing system that is now reaching the end of its original technological limits.
Network providers, including AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and others were affected by these design limits that were put in place many, many years ago. Older routers can only handle a finite number of routes to direct their customers around the Web. This outdated 512,000 numerical limit was hit today, on Tuesday, August 12th, and caused Internet access problems experienced all over the world! Even the world wide web giant eBay (especially their customers in northern Europe) lost access to the eBay website. This has now affected eBay for the tenth time this year!
There is a solution to the problem. But, until Internet Service Providers upgrade their systems to newer technology routers, which have virtually unlimited routing capacities, the entire web can again slow down or, as happened today, actually completely STOP for many people.