Russian Internet Takes a Hit as Cogent Disconnects Backbone Network

It's another step toward the "splinternet" that fragments the global communication network.

Cogent Communications' European network now reaches Ukranian cities like Kyiv  and Odessa, but no longer extends to Russia.

Cogent Communications told its Russian customers on Friday it's disconnected its high-capacity internet service because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

and the resulting economic punishment much of the rest of the world has begun

The move doesn't mean Russia has no internet access, but it does mean a major traffic conduit is gone.

Cogent's Russian cutoff is a new step toward a "splinternet," a fragmented internet infrastructure

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