I really thought that we are finally free and actually will have freedom in accessing the Internet resources, but unfortunately that dream looks too big to happen in the eyes of the guys who manages the Internet in Syria.
I talked before about the first private ISP in Syria (Aya) and how great it is.
Today I was looking for articles on the Internet to help me in Installing a driver for my Modem in Linux, and finally after long search it looked like the best resource for Linux Modem Drivers is http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/, and as you can see it ends with “il” which means Israeli web site, then a web page showed that ugly message that says “FORBIDDEN”! AGGHHHHHH! And under that message a form that asks you if you want to contact them and tell them your opinion about blocking this web site! With full info about you like full name,phone no , etc….. And the problem description was “Problem Description:This URL has access denied according to STE request”, STE means Syrian Telecommunication.
I disconnected and directly called the support and asked them right away, why did you block this web site? And the guy answered what? I told him I was trying to access a web site about Linux programming and it is blocked ….. The guy replied that we only block Bad web sites (PORN) and I have no idea about the web site you are talking about … I told him about the STE thingy, so he said if that – I don’t know!
After trying that Linux web site which has nothing to with anything but Linux Modems I thought let’s try the Wired News, I tried and yah it is blocked too!
Now I’m thinking …. Is the Messengers and other Internet resources will be blocked as it is in the other ISPs ?
Why this is happening? Till when we’re gone stay like that?
It looks like that all the other private ISPs that we are promised they are coming will be under the hand of the Syrian Telecommunication and will be all the same.
Please Internet Managers in Syria don’t just block everything 🙁