Do you really want to hurt me?
I've heard from two separate sources that Maltanet (one of Malta's largest Internet Service Providers) is limiting access to websites located overseas in an effort to control bandwidth usage on the international internet backbone connecting Malta to the rest of the world. This is unbelievable!
I understand that Maltanet has a great challenge in offering a quality service at competitive rates and all that, but this is a ridiculous policy indeed. If Maltanet is having a hard time with its business, can you imagine what it's like for smaller independent internet service providers like Euroweb, Waldonet, and all the rest. Malta is too small a country and there's far too much good material coming in from web servers hosted abroad to justify this control in any way.
This is the worse example on propagating a digital divide I've heard since last year's unnecessary inflation in phone rates. It's almost as bad as Mintoff's old decree prohibiting "foreign political interference". (Remember that on?) How can the Malta Communications Authority let any service provider get away with this sort of policy? Better still, how can users remain subscribers of such a restrictive service?
Someone please tell me that this only Maltanet is resorting to such extreme measures. That way I can rest my mind that this is simply another ill-informed move on the part of a clueless business manager who is only concerned about the bottomline of the company rather than offering a reliable public service at affordable rates.