The tiny percentage of Tor users don't concern Verizon. The miniscule loss of advertising revenue isn't as big of an issue as the bad publicity that messing with TOR would get them from media.
VPN users might be a thing they get concerned about, at some point, but I'd expect them to come out with a VPN service if that was the case.
So I expect this will be traced to some kind of incompetence or error, not a deliberate effort.
otherwise i agree with you. probably not intentional.
“Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice”
The indicator lists released by DHS and various snake oil peddlers regularly contain IP addresses like this because they observed malware samples connecting to the IP.
This isn't a new thing and has precisely nothing to do with net neutrality, you could probably get this fixed in a couple of hours with a NANOG post.
Wouldn't a net neutrality proponent say that blocking traffic to/from an IP is non-neutral regardless of reason?
Careful, that's a subjective term. Not that I disagree w/ ISPs protecting their own networks, but we often can't have it both ways unless it's more clear what malicious means. Tor traffic can appear malicious as was probably the case here.
But I have a very hard time believing anyone would have associated this with NN in 2016.
The current NN proponents were not going after ISPs for stuff like this under the guise of NN pre-repeal. Nobody was upset about the port 25 blocks.
Suddenly all connectivity issues on the internet have become NN issues, despite the fact that NN regulation clearly had zero effect on these issues.
I am. I want to run a mail server from home. I want to run a web server from home. I have the up speed, but my ISP either makes it hard or puts in their terms that I can't. If nobody minds that SMTP inbound blocked, will they similarly not mind when their other favorite bi-directional communication system stops working because it is blocked? If the ends of the spectrum want to handle reputation management, open relays, spam, etc they can.
Now of course I don't conflate this with the modern view of NN, simply because doing so would dilute its efforts. But, for me ideally, I would like all targets/bytes/ports/packets to be neutral in transit.
Unfortunately there's apparently no AS701 looking glass.