Looks like domain name marketplace BuyDomains.com has again been blocked by certain ISPs and mobile internet providers in India. (Hat-tip: Abhishek) We have so far checked on over half-a-dozen service providers across five cities. Here are the details: Delhi Airtel, mobile, not blocked MTNL, wireline, blocked Kolkata Alliance Broadband, wireline, blocked Tata Photon dongle, blocked Mumbai Global Net, wireline, not blocked Vodafone, mobile, not blocked Pune You Broadband, wireline, blocked Hathway, wireline, blocked Coimbatore BSNL, wireline, not blocked Airtel, mobile, not blocked The infuriating part is the message that's displayed: “The url has been blocked under instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance to the orders of Hon’ble Court.” Why can't they just name the government department or court order that issued the directive to block this url, or at the very least the reason for blocking? However, this isn't the first time BuyDomains has faced this predicament. It had been blocked back in August 2012 as well by Airtel, with an almost identical message displayed to visitors. At the time, another domain marketplace Fabulous had also been blocked, along with several proxy sites, including Kproxy. A month before this, MTNL had also blocked the popular domain name marketplace Sedo.co.uk with a similar placeholder message. We can understand that the government might have directed ISPs to check proxy sites as they can allow users to access sites blocked by it, but why are ISPs like Airtel selectively blocking domain name registration sites? It's worth noting that the BuyDomains url was also part of the list of…
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