Why Is Verizon Wireless Blocking OpenDNS?

from the this-won't-go-over-well... dept

The Washington Post recently ran an interview with OpenDNS founder David Ulevitch, where he notes that Verizon Wireless appears to be blocking OpenDNS, such that users cannot easily route around Verizon Wireless' own DNS services. This seems like an odd decision for Verizon Wireless -- especially at a time when the government is seriously considering network neutrality regulations. You would think that the company would recognize that blatantly blocking a competing service from being used might attract some attention. Perhaps Verizon Wireless is hoping that people won't care because "OpenDNS" sounds boring? Or perhaps they're still working on this belief that "wireless" plays by different rules?
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Filed Under: blocks, net neutrality, opendns
Companies: opendns, verizon wireless

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    Mike Masnick (profile), 24 Nov 2010 @ 8:10pm

    Re: Another BS story loaded with misinformation.

    Another BS story loaded with misinformation.

    Let me explain how this works. When you accuse us of providing "BS" or "misinformation," it then is your responsibility to let us know what is wrong, so that we may fix it. Simply declaring it full of misinformation doesn't help anyone and, if anything, only makes us question your motives.

    You tin hats find the boogerman everywhere.

    I'm sorry. I don't quite see how that applies to this post. We're not "seeing" a boogerman anywhere. I'm just pointing out that Verizon Wireless is blocking OpenDNS. Are you claiming this is "BS" or "misinformation"? I'm not suggesting any conspiracy theory -- just noting the fact and that it's probably not in VZW's best interests. You are arguing otherwise, apparently, but I'm not quite sure I understand the basis of your argument.

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