Comcast users today are finding themsleves unable to access The Pirate Bay, "the world's most resilient torrent site." The Pirate Bay has survived huge lawsuits (with help from the Chewbacca defense ), inspired its own political party in Sweden, and is equipped to survive nuclear apocalypse . But it's no match for...whatever's going on.
Users of The Pirate Bay flocked to Reddit today to complain that they were no longer able to access the site. TorrentFreak talked to the folks at Pirate Bay and confirmed that this wasn't anything on their end. Comcast has blocked Pirate Bay once before, resulting in a legal battle. The FCC sanctioned Comcast at the time for the move, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned that. (You can get a quick summary of The Pirate Bay's legal adventures here .)
The blockade (or access glitch) of the site appears to be happening from all corners of the U.S., though not uniformly, judging from the chatter  on Reddit. Intriguingly, TorrentFreak recently updated that "many Rogers  users in Canada" have problems accessing the site as well. And a Comcast communications guy is now tweeting  that it "does not restrict websites to any of its customers." Let the differential diagnosis/speculation begin.
Update: Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas confirms to Fast Company that Comcast isn't blocking the site. His engineers have seen comments on blog posts suggesting that users worldwide are having the same problem, with Canada, Australia, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the UAE represented. What do all these countries have in common? Comcast isn't the answer, since it only operates in the U.S. "Our engineers are looking into it, but they're highly confident it has nothing to do with Comcast specifically," Douglas says. Where's the cyber-equivalent of House when you need him?
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