To report a major outage affecting multiple lines out of hours please send a text message starting MSO and a space and then a description of the issue to 01344 400 999. This will page staff (and may wake them) any time of day or night. Please do check IRC, as it may have already been reported.
An MSO is something major affecting lots of lines at once. It could be a fault in our network or in the back-haul networks such as BT, or something more subtle like a routing issue or problem on a peering network.
The MSO text system is aimed at people who are in a position to tell that there is a major problem - people that have lines on lots of sites or have networking expertise to identify core network issues. We have some very technically competent customers and we appreciate that customers can sometimes see things before we can, so we appreciate your support.
Most things we can detect, but not always. There could be subtle routing issues or network issues which we cannot see. If you are sure this is affecting multiple lines and the status pages do not show the problem and no staff are on irc please do send an MSO text. This is one of the main areas where MSO texts are of use. Discussing with others on irc first helps confirm the scale of the issue, and whether we are aware already.
We appreciate that it is frustrating when your Internet does not work and for you this is major, but normal Internet service / broadband faults are handled during working hours. This is not because we are lazy or that one customer with a fault is not important - it is because almost all single line faults cannot be fixed any more quickly with 24 hour support as they involve booking engineers (whether to work on your line or at the exchange, etc). If you have a single line fault (i.e. not a major service outage) there really is no point in waking people up in the middle of the night so please only use the MSO texts for actual major outages affecting multiple lines. Here are a few tips on helping you decide.