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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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Nov 2010 @ 6:25pm

    If I try to use the open internet I have DNS problems I know that because a number of pages don't show up, but mysteriously it all works good when I'm using TOR, it just loads the pages I want because the requests are done on the otherside.

    And that is why I'm seriously looking into alternatives for the internet that don't depend on these infra-structure prone to censorship.

    Hint: Use SOCKS 4a or SOCKS 5 to request DNS queries from the otherside.

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