Friday, June 09, 2006

Net Neutrality

I just got this from my brother-in-law.

I know I've been remiss in not paying more attention to the net neutrality issue, and I can't even give you a good excuse for why. Still, this story seems to be a pretty good illustration of why it's important.

It seems that Cox Cable is blocking Internet access to Craigslist for its cable/broadband subscribers. They claim that it's a software problem, but wouldn't you know that Craigslist is an advertising competitor of Cox. They've known about the problem for months, but they still haven't done anything about it and there's nobody who can make them.

This does look pretty important, after all.


Blogger Jim Lippard said...


Unfortunately, your brother-in-law has fallen victim to misinformation. I'm a Cox customer and have never had any issues reaching craigslist, which is neither blocked nor throttled by Cox.

There is a bug in the PC software firewall provided by Cox that causes problems due to weird behavior of the craigslist server. I've posted details here. There is a beta version of the software with the bug fixed which the software maker has offered to anyone subject to this problem since about two weeks after it arose.

Advocates of net neutrality regulation have been dishonestly misrepresenting the facts about this issue, falsely characterizing it as a "Cox blacklist."

June 18, 2006 1:27 PM  

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