A couple of days ago I received a disturbing message from a reader in Australia.
* * *
I’m a long term but previously silent reader in Sydney Australia. For most of 2016 your site has been unreachable for me, and I thought it must be down. Turns out it is being blocked by the Australian carrier Optusnet* (my ISP.) I’m now using the Tor Browser to access your site.
See my thread on an Australian electronics forum with trace route and ping details: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/optusnet-blocking-a-news-site-what-to-do/
I don’t suppose you have set up a block on an IP address range from Optus? That’s the only other explanation. But it’s more likely Optus doing it, since they do have a government-sponsored site censorship system.
Thanks to Guy Dunphy for this info
No, I am not blocking Optus. The blocking must be coming from them. I’ve heard from a few other Australian readers who have also been blocked. Now I know why.
Looks like censorship is alive and well in Australia.
*According to Wikipedia, Optus is the second largest telecommunications company in Australia.
* * *