Nope, the switch is not done yet but I guess AOL and Cogent got their issues resolved. In my research I read that this happens every year between the two companies.
Basically after Ben left I found some new server admins who are great and I would highly recommend them (link to their site
). I told them I was looking for a new data center and they told me they offered collocation services in some space they lease in a telecom hotel (place where all the big backbones connect).
We briefly talked about network speeds but not the actual providers. They sent me a quote but it did not detail the specific backbone providers to be used. I was not aware that Cogent was one of the major backbone providers when I moved the servers to the new data center. Cogent is a low cost backbone provider and supplies a huge amount of bandwidth for services like YouTube. They are known for having traffic jams and other issues but I guess you get what you pay for.
We are now moving the extreme opposite of the spectrum to a network that uses different routing technology and backbone providers known for the fastest and most reliable speeds. It's about 3x the cost but a cheap price to pay for reliable service and happy members.
Once again, thanks for your patience through this...