Craigslist Blocked by Cox for Three Months *ALERT*
by Matt Stoller, Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 10:43:57 AM EDT
It's fitting that this story come out the day of the net neutrality vote.
Jim soon arrived and said the problem of access had been going on since late February. It had something to do with the security software that Cox isusing from a company called Authentium.
Cox has been collaborating with Authentium since April 2005 to develop the security software suite.
Back on February 23rd Authentium acknowledged that their software is blocking Craigslist but it still hasn't fixed the problem, more than three months later. That's a heck of long time to delete some text from their blacklist. And this company also supplies security software to other large ISPs.
Craigslist has approached Authentium several times to get it to stop blocking access by Cox internet users but it has been unresponsive. Jim wasn't aware that Cox had its own classified ads service. "That changes things, " he said.
This situation does not look good in the context of the net neutrality debate. This is exactly the kind of scenario that many people are concerned about, that the cable companies and the telcos will make it difficult for their internet users to access competing services.
This is the net neutrality issue in a nutshell. Big companies, through incompetence, malevolence, or economic choice, can control the internet. Without legal protections, they will.
So if you like dropped calls and crappy cable service, you'll love what the non-neutral net will look like.
Call Congress. This one's important.