Last August, I reported that Qwest did not block or constrict Internet traffic. That’s what I was told by Steve Davis, Qwest’s senior vice president of public policy.
In December, an individual with the handle Bob Dobbs posted a comment on my blog alleging that Qwest did in fact block Internet traffic. As an example, Dobbs said “access to the popular torrent tracker, thepiratebay.org is blocked on Qwest.”
It turns out that Bob was half right. Just recently, Qwest spokeswoman Kate Oravez told me via email that the company does not block thepiratebay.org.
However, Oravez said that Qwest does block consumer Internet traffic “in rare cases to protect the network or to block access to web sites that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has identified.”
Examples of blocking cited by the company include:
* When a customer is redirected to our Customer Internet Protection Program.
* When we need to protect our network and our customers against malicious traffic in very rare cases for Internet wide events such as the Slammer worm.
* When traffic is going to web sites that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has identified that contain child pornography.