The ping timed out with me also. It was just a way to find the IP-address. Sites can be set to not respond to ping, and this one apparently is.
But the IP-address works with me, and that's the difference.
This shows it's not a DNS-problem with you or the provider. And your post above shows that it's not a router problem either (because if you connect directly to the cable modem it still doesn't work). And the page is plain html also. So practically speaking there can't be any problem.
Still something is blocking this IP-address somewhere. It's not an IE problem, because it doesn't work in Firefox either. You don't have other software installed (like pop-up blocker, ad-blocker, Norton Internet security), I assume.
What I should do:
1. Find a laptop (or another PC), put it directly into the cable modem, and see if it works. If not, it's definitely a problem for your ISP. If the laptop does work (and keeps working when connected to the router), it's definitely a problem on your computer. I've got a home network of 3 PC's, and in case of any Internet-problems on one of them, the first thing I do is to try one of the others; this is variation on that theme.
2. Try it in Safe Mode with networking support. This should exclude most other programs that could interfere. If that works, do a step-by-step exclude to find the culprit.
3. If it is and stays some unknown problem on your computer (and I fear so) the only way out might be a fresh reinstall of Windows. But that's a big step to take.
Hope this helps.
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