Markey to DOD: drop Web site blocks
- By Patience Wait
- May 16, 2007
The chairman of a House subcommittee is prodding Defense Secretary Robert Gates to repeal the policy announced last week and implemented Monday to block more than a dozen of the most popular Web sites from being accessed using DOD computer resources.
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, sent a letter
May 15 to Gates questioning the Pentagon's logic in blocking military personnel from visiting YouTube.com, myspace.com and 11 other popular 'entertainment' sites.
'While I understand concerns about bandwidth strain on the network, I fail to see how blocking these particular sites is consistent with achieving network efficiency,' Markey wrote. 'If network congestion was an issue, for instance, it is surprising that no bandwidth-intensive gaming sites are on the list of prohibited sites.'
Because these sites are so popular with troops stationed overseas, providing a critical boost to morale, Markey urged Gates to reconsider the policy and remove the blocks.