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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,, eBay, Doubleclick, Eyewonder, Pandora, Streamtheworld,, 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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RE: Kinda obvious
By Farfignewton on 3/16/2011 3:53:09 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, no justification. Not having access to the entertainment and culture of their homeland couldn't possibly have a negative effect on morale or stress. Even if it did, it not like stressed, bored, low-morale troops would ever need to be on the ball in their perfectly safe jobs that benefit no-one else whatsoever at any time.

RE: Kinda obvious
By titanmiller on 3/16/2011 5:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
These are government networks on military bases. When the people go home they will be using their commercial Japanese connections.

RE: Kinda obvious
By Alexvrb on 3/16/2011 10:13:57 PM , Rating: 3
1) What if base IS your home?
2) They aren't official-government-use-only networks. Part of why they exist is to do exactly what you say they should not do - extend wide open internet access to off-duty soldiers.
3) Since they share bandwidth with the country at large, it wouldn't matter if they were using non-base connections. In fact, the whole point of this site-blocking is to reduce load on Japan's networks. It won't help much but every bit still helps.

In conclusion, pull your head out.

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