U.S. military blocks popular websites for Japan recovery
March 15th, 2011
06:21 PM ET
3 years ago

U.S. military blocks popular websites for Japan recovery

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. military has blocked access to a range of popular commercial websites in order to free up bandwidth for use in Japan recovery efforts, according to an e-mail obtained by CNN and confirmed by a spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command.

The sites - including YouTube, ESPN, Amazon, eBay and MTV - were chosen not because of the content but because of their popularity among users of military computers account for significant bandwidth, according to Strategic Command spokesman Rodney Ellison.

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  1. lgny

    Before too many people scream censorship....

    The military owns their networks and has the right to restrict "non work" uses when that activity gets in the way of "work" uses.

    This is hardly newsworthy.

    March 15, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    This temporary shutdown I can understand because almost 99% of the world visits there. I'm getting ready to go to eBay right now!

    March 15, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |