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UUNet Net access restored

UUNet Technologies says Internet access is back up and running for customers in major metropolitan areas across the country that may have experienced outages yesterday.

UUNet Technologies says Internet access is back up and running for customers in major metropolitan areas across the country that may have experienced outages yesterday.

From 3:15 p.m. yesterday to 1:30 a.m. today, the large Internet service provider's network was experiencing Net traffic routing failures due to a hardware problem, according UUNet.

As reported by CNET's NEWS.COM, the network instabilities affected customers in Washington, Chicago, San Jose, California, and Newark, New Jersey. Users in those areas may not have been able to send or receive email or get online during that time.

There is no telling how many Net users experienced trouble. The cities hit were home to UUNet's major points of presence, which route traffic for many national ISPs, including Sprint.

"The routing outages experienced on the afternoon of June 16... have been resolved," the network status update Web page reads. "Interim solutions have been implemented to restore service to all affected routers. UUNet will continue to implement permanent solutions over the next 48 hours."

Several large Internet service providers have suffered email outages recently. Prodigy's service had problems for 48 hours last week, as did America Online's email.