Although I am not sure if it is related,
Internetpulse has been reporting some severe increases in packet loss between Level 3 Communications, SBC Yahoo, XO Comm, and Cogent Networks.
Akamai has also been reporting increased latency times along the east coast.
2 nights ago, internet global usage spiked to a 14% increase, today it is down to a 5% as of this posting.....and during the other nights internet problems, even sights such as Facebook were having trouble.
It may not just be Aeria.
But here's some link you can keep an eye on, for peace of mind: