Road Runner E-mail Online Again

Details concerning a server outage that left roughly 100,000 Road Runner customers in Texas,
Louisiana and Mississippi without e-mail service for a week remain sketchy, but service resumed Monday afternoon, after the faulty servers were replaced Saturday and the new equipment had a chance to catch up will all the backed
up e-mails left sitting in customers inboxes.

“The faulty server that caused the e-mail outage in Austin, San Antonio and
some other parts of Texas, has been replaced,” said Mike Luftman, a Time Warner cable spokesperson.
“The service was back to normal by last Saturday.”

Time Warner is the majority owner of Road Runner service.

Customers were left in the dark, many uncertain of the extent of the
outage, as updates to the Road Runner network status page were spotty at

One customer, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was told by customer
service for days that there was no problem with the e-mail service and the
network status page said everything was running just fine.

According to a statement on Road Runner’s network status Web page Monday
afternoon, not everyone was lucky enough to get their e-mail, although
officials report most were sent on to the correct customer.

“Almost all users have been able to get all old mail. Users who are not
getting old mail were part of an issue with one of the directories on a
server that has since been remedied. If you are one of those users, please
contact technical support at 531-2345 and give them the username that has
not been working. Network updates can be accessed at 531-STAT. All other
areas of the Austin network are up and operational.”

The length of the outage has customers baffled and outraged. Many wonder
how the second largest cable Internet service provider in the nation, after
[email protected], can run a business with problems of this magnitude, and
whether they should remain customers.

“It is difficult for me to understand that running a service of this
magnitude, one would have a single point of failure and then no disaster
recovery plan for such an occurrence,” said one unhappy customer. “I hope
the contract for the item that failed has some kind of damage provision.”

Hoping to stem the number of fleeing customers, Time Warner officials
promised a partial refund on customer’s March invoice, in an e-mail sent out
last week. Ironically enough, officials were unsure whether to mass e-mail
the letter last Wednesday for fear of bringing the server down again.

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