Egypt internet comes back online

Internet access in Egypt appears to have returned to normal, according to firms measuring traffic levels in the country.Facebook and Twitter are now available and the four major Egyptian internet service providers are back in business.They all had services cut last week, following mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak.Net measurement firm Renesys said there were no traffic blocks in place any more. see:Egypt restores Internet as turmoil escalates
Egypt restored Internet access on Wednesday, after a one-week blackout for Web and cell phone users to try to stem civil unrest.The nation was the second ever to completely shut its citizens off of the Internet. Burma made a similar move in 1997. As the turmoil accelerates, experts say, the move has failed to affect what began as a Web campaign but continued even after the government block. Gates on Egypt’s Internet Shutdown
Bill Gates spoke with Katie Couric on his reaction to President Mubarak pulling the plug on the internet in Egypt. returns to Egypt
Internet services returned to Egypt on Wednesday morning, with even previously blocked sites such as Twitter available. Returns To The Internet
Egyptian Internet providers returned to the Internet at 09:29:31 UTC (11:29am Cairo time). Websites such as the Egyptian Stock Exchange, Commercial International Bank of Egypt, MCDR, and the US Embassy in Cairo, are once again reachable.All major Egyptian ISPs appear to have readvertised routes to their domestic customer networks in the global routing table, with the exception of Noor Group (AS20928). Recall that Noor was the exception (until Monday) to the Internet blackout, so they are as much an anomaly in restoration as they were in outage. (Update: Noor group back online with a full complement of prefixes as of 12:52pm Cairo time. Better late than never.)

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