At midnight on Saturday, the Libyan government shut down Libya's internet. Fresh off of Egypt's internet pull, the Libyan cutoff has raised concerns of the country's top level domain (TLD) .ly which affects URL shortener bit.ly. .ly is also a popular domain choice over .com. As far as bit.ly goes, the site has managed to stay unaffected. CEO John Borthwick stated that there will be no interruption. “For .ly domains to be unresolvable the five .ly root servers that are authoritative *all* have to be offline, or responding with empty responses,” he wrote in response to an inquiry on Quora. “Of the five root nameservers for the .ly TLD: two are based in Oregon, one is in the Netherlands and two are in Libya.”
The flag of Libya. Fresh off of Egypt's internet ban comes Libya's internet ban
The good news is that Libya isn't completely offline. The country still has intermittent internet access, it seems on a curfew basis. This means that the DNS servers will update their records and .ly will continue working. TLDs do however fall under government scrutiny and seizure, no matter the country, therefore people are generally warned on obtaining any domain in Libya or even elsewhere.
Publish date: February 21, 2011 2:41 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:21 pm