Brasil Telecom, a popular ISP in Brazil has already banned user access to youtube.com. As far as I know all other ISPs are still normal.Janio Sarmento says,
I, as a journalist, have tried to reach Brasil Telecom without any success. The only way I got to talk to them was through customer support, and they told me that the problem was with the company that authenticates my login. That sounds stupid. I have interviewed people from all around Brazil using BrT and none of them could access YouTube, except with a foreign proxy.
Here's a story about how ADSL users from BrT are now prevented from accessing YouTube. BrasilTelecom is one of the major phone companies and bandwidth providers, and they just blocked YouTube, without a single word for the customers.If your ISP blocks access to specific websites, some of the tips in the BoingBoing document "Defeat Censorware" may help -- including Tor.
Previously on BB:
Reader comment: Solon Brochado says,
I just wanted to note that, even though I do find the timing suspicious and Brazilian ISPs track record is definitely not a good one, it is still possible that this is just some sort of screw up on their part. About a year ago, lots of people - in particular those who used Virtua, the country's largest cable ISP - found that all of a sudden they were unable to access Flickr's image server (static.flickr.com), even though the site was working just fine.
In no time, blogs and forums were full of angry people, saying they were being stonewalled by ISPs and fearing access to a highly popular site was being deliberately blocked in order to lower bandwidth usage. Flickr support was thoughtful as usual, and immediately decided to try and solve the problem, just to find out that the blocking was happening on Embratel's side (Link - responsible for the country's main backbone) and there was nothing they could do about it.
You can follow part of the rucus through this thread on Flickr's forum: Link.
In the end, after stalling for a couple of days, and with Flickr personnel doing whatever they could to help them solve the problem, Embratel finally found out that when updating an IP blacklist someone had included Flickr's image server in the bunch. To this day, to the best of my knowledge, we only know that much because of Flickr's forum, since Embratel has never issued some sort of statement on the affair.
All that to say that this being Brazil, this sort of thing shouldn't be discarded "prima facie". Even though, as I said, the timing seems very suspicious, as does the fact that, so far, only two ISP (Brasil Telecom and iBest) users seem to be affected.
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