There have been ongoing problems with the Seattle2 POP, involving latency, packet loss, failures to authenticate, failure to route, etc. Routers at Stockton, and at Seattle2 were replaced, and a switch was replaced, to no avail. It was finally determined that the router and switch at Seattle2 were not defective, they simply were not robust enough to handle the traffic volume. Yesterday, 10/17/2000, the router was replaced with a Cisco 7200 series router, the switch upgraded, and the data backbone pipe upgraded to an ATM circuit (155 mb/s optical). This should fix the latency/packet loss/congestion/fail to authenticate/fail to route problems as it now has more than 3X the bandwidth that the old Seattle POP had. I believe this also contributed significantly to exhausting kernel buffer resources on the eskimo.com host. I have also made some configuration changes to remove an exploit that has been used several times in the last two weeks to intentionally crash the machine so stability should be significantly improved. Please let me know if you experience any more problems with the new Seattle and Tacoma dial-up numbers or any of the other new numbers in Washington state. I am aware that the new Auburn number is configured as long distance from Enumclaw, Black Diamond, and Pacific. It should not be, this is a translations problem in the telco switches. I suspect they configured based upon where the switch was located rather than what rate center the prefix is in. At any rate, we are pursuing a fix for this problem.