@JohnAskew: Curious. Went looking for alternative DNS under such a scenario and ran across http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/a/free-public-dns-servers.htm stating the following Level 3 Communications DNS addresses. According to the note queries to those addresses automatically route to the nearest DNS. How would you see and verify that? How would those nearest addreses be uncovered so they could be used directly?
Level31 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124
the brain just needed a break. sysinternals tcpmon or procmon.