Cox Blocking Craigslist?

Is this the first major salvo in the net neutrality wars? Silicon Valley Watcher reports Cox is blocking access by some of its users to Craigslist.

Since April of last year, Cox has worked with Authentium to develop a security suite. The company has been non-reactive to requests by Craigslist to get it removed from their blacklist. Some Digg users confirm the outages, while others are able to get on Craigslist just fine over Cox lines.

Incidentally, Cox has its own online classifieds service. Reports Silicon Valley Watcher:

    “Craigslist has approached Authentium several times to get it to stop blocking access by Cox internet users but it has been unresponsive. Jim [CEO of Craigslist] wasn’t aware that Cox had its own classified ads service. “That changes things, ” he said.”

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  1. trixare4kids says:

    It’s an ongoing problem not just affecting cox cable folks!

    I am one of the people who has had problems with cragislist. For the past 4 months or so I can only reach it about 10% of the time from home. It won’t even ping.

    More Info Here: http://www.craigslist.org/about/help/system-status.html
    and here:
    http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6620-0.html?forumID=14&thread

    I did everything they ask, plus some, but to no avail. I don’t use Cox, I have COVAD DSL. I’ve simply given up. If I want to visit craigslist from home, I’ve been using an anon proxy server.

  2. Rick Dobbs says:

    Probably more of a routing issue if anything. Craig’s List mostly text output is hardly a bandwidth hog, even for the amount of users they have.

  3. It’s time to start class-action’ing the ISPs for pulling bullshit like this. We shouldn’t have to use proxies or TOR to get around blocks by the assholes we pay to access the internet.