Help, help, I'm being repressed! Well, maybe.
August 11, 2011 8:15 AM Subscribe
Over the last week I have been unable to connect to any websites on the senate.gov domain.
posted by terrapin to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't recall trying to connect to senate.gov addresses in the past, so I am not sure when this issue began. Last week I tried to follow links posted on my senator's Facebook page to his Senate website (http://sanders.senate.gov), and have been unable to do so. On any of my machines (ipad, iphone, macbook air, imac, macbook pro). When I take the portable machines to my local co-op and use their wifi I can connect.
With the help of a few more tech-savvy MeFites I have used Terminal to ping the domain and find the IP and still can't connect directly that way. I have tried running a trace and usually it gives up after about 60 hops. I have used "curl -v http://www.senate.gov" and "curl -l http://www.senate.gov" and get "curl: (56) Failure when receiving data from the peer"
I *can* connect to house.gov addresses and I see no evidence that there are other websites to which I can't connect.
I am using Wildblue.net for my ISP because I have no other options in rural Vermont. I asked other friends using Wildblue in my area to try and connect to senate.gov and one neighbour COULD connect and one neighbour could NOT connect.
Wildblue tech support says they are not blocking any websites from me and that as long as I have connectivity there is nothing they can do. They say it is either my computer's settings or senate.gov's server settings. Based on my ability to connect using the portable machines when I take them outside the home I am inclined to think it is either senate.gov having some extreme security settings or Wildblue does in fact have a problem.
Please help me.