It would appear there is an issue that may not be related to CCP’s servers that is preventing people in the Midwest United States (especially if your nearest IPX is Dallas) from accessing the game. (Possibly a DDoS attack or other issues outside CCP’s network)
While we’re still able to access the forums and most other EVE websites, we cannot access TQ or the auth server (for several hours now), and have not heard anything from CCP yet.
This is all I know. I’m having this issue and it is quite frustrating. I’ve submitted a support ticket to CCP along with several traceroute logs to help them.