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[NOISE] Re: censored? corrected [Steve Pizzo cited in The Spotlight]


> On Thu, 2 Nov 1995, Rich Graves wrote:
> > > 
> > >    In Hong Kong, the Internet wasn't quite strangled, but the British
> > > authorities who control that colony managed to throttle free electronic
> > > speech with the rest of the world until everything was bottlenecked into
> > > a few little-known satellite links.
> > 
> > Hmm, few specifics here. I wonder if they would care to elaborate. Nah.
> Don't waste your time with that idiot, he doesn't know what he's talking
> about. The 1-week partial black-out here in Hong Kong happened because some
> providers had ignored some licencing requirements, and has been quickly
> solved once they agreed to comply.

That's one way to look at it.  Of course since the "license 
requirements" had to do with some obscure administrivia that nobody
thought would apply to ISP's, none of the 6 or so ISP's in Hong Kong
had thought to apply for it.  One has to wonder why the gov't pulled
the plug on 5 of them without so much as a warning, much less a
chance to comply.

Did I say 5?  Oh yes.  The largest HK ISP-- and the one with closest
ties to the government-- had gone ahead and applied for the license
just a couple of weeks before the blackout.  Corruption is the modus
operandi in HK, so I wouldn't be at all surprised if that one ISP
got a special favor by being warned of the impending black-out, or
even if it had a hand in instigating it.

I'm sure you'll correct me if I've got any of my facts wrong.

(c'punks relevance:  (parts of) the Net is still vulnerable to
governmental blackout.  Is this relevant?  Well, hardly, but perhaps
interesting.  And at least I flagged it.)



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