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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Blocking Craigslist for Fun and Profit

According to SiliconValleyWatcher, Cox Communications is blocking its users access to Craigslist to protect its classifieds revenue.

Cox claims it is a technical glitch, but 100 days is more than enough to figure out how to white list a website. The article says this is a net neutrality issue, but I disagree. It has nothing to do with the speed of the Internet connection, it's an anti-competitive issue that should be regulated by the FTC and FCC.

Any company that offers Internet access must provide unfettered access to all websites, regardless of whom their partners are (just as browser software shouldn't discriminate). Substantial penalties should be handed out for blocking or slowing access to any sites, and the existing rules need to be vigorously enforced.

If ISPs start prejudicially delivering content, it will spiral into segments that reduces choice and lowers the potential earnings of all marketers.

By John Gartner at 06:54 PM | Comments (0)

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