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Blockage is a temporary measure

The U.S. military has a number of bases in Japan where soldiers are housed and many live for years at a time. According to the military, it has decided to block the use of certain websites from its network in an effort to help Japan recover from the major earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit recently.

The military reports that the sites are not blocked because of anything to do with the content that they show, but solely to increase the amount of bandwidth that is available for military needs. The electrical grid has been overwhelmed in some areas of Japan and connectivity for internet access is not available in some areas.

The U.S. Pacific Command has requested the blocking of 13 high-bandwidth sites that are commonly used on military network computers. These websites include YouTube, Googlevideo, Amazon, Espn.go.com, eBay, Doubleclick, Eyewonder, Pandora, Streamtheworld, MTV.com, iFilm, MySpace, and MetaCafe. Interestingly Facebook isn’t among the listed sites though it is much more popular than MySpace and would presumably consume more bandwidth.

Facebook is a very common way for deployed military personnel to stay in contact with their loved ones so perhaps it was left alone to allow continued contact.

Strategic Military Command spokesman Rodney Ellison said, "This is a response to a time of extreme demand for networks. This blockage will be of a temporary nature and may increase or decrease in the size and scope as necessary. We are doing this to facilitate the recovery efforts under way in Japan. We are trying to make sure we are giving them as many avenues and as much support as we can."



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By quiksilvr on 3/16/2011 11:19:09 AM , Rating: 5
That's my best guess as to why those two aren't on the list. Status updates, feeds, etc. can be priceless information for families and friends.




By AmbroseAthan on 3/16/2011 11:57:08 AM , Rating: 5
RTFA...

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These websites include YouTube, Googlevideo, Amazon, Espn.go.com, eBay, Doubleclick, Eyewonder, Pandora, Streamtheworld, MTV.com, iFilm, MySpace, and MetaCafe.


By RaulF on 3/16/2011 2:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
Screw the people that died, i want my basketball.

You represent what is wrong with most of humanity now days.


By Farfignewton on 3/16/2011 2:58:09 PM , Rating: 2
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You represent what is wrong with most of humanity now days.


Humankind will be sitting pretty the day that making a joke is what is wrong with most of us. At the very least, I expect we will have eliminated people not understanding something was a joke and getting injured falling off of their high-horse.


By Omega215D on 3/17/2011 3:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
seriously you represent the retardation of the world...

Did any of you assholes think that I do indeed have family in Japan?


By Etern205 on 3/21/2011 12:24:41 PM , Rating: 2
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seriously you represent the retardation of the world...

Yeah, and you reign supreme...


By AlphaVirus on 3/16/2011 12:33:56 PM , Rating: 4
While Facebook is one of the most visited sites, each person's page isn't filled with graphics that begin to fly across the screen while 10 slideshows stream and songs start playing...MySpace is a resource hog so I see why that was blocked.


By Omega215D on 3/16/2011 1:12:32 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. At least with Facebook and Twitter people can be kept up to date on someone's whereabouts in the disaster area. Myspace is pretty much useless...


By Wagnbat on 3/16/2011 6:03:58 PM , Rating: 3
I am in the Navy. The Navy has embraced FB and Twitter not only for communications, but for news dissemination as well. Most senior members of the Navy or the command they are attached to have public pages meant to inform members of goings-on. Status of "Big Navy" changes like policy and command movements, commentaries, and other useful info.

So true that they were kept open for comms, but that they were kept open for Organizational Comms more than Personal Comms is noteworthy.


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