Belize (BTL) blocks VPN Connections

Belize Telemedia Ltd. has begun to block VPNs (virtual private networks).  This includes PPTP/GRE, IPSEC and SSL.  They seem to be implementing these blocks arbitrarily but reports are coming in from all over the country that BTL has misused its power once again in blocking users from using common security mechanisms across their network.  VPNs have been a well known method for users to cicumvent BTL VoIP blocking.  This is simply outrageous.  Dean, are you listening?

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34 Responses to Belize (BTL) blocks VPN Connections

  1. JessieR says:

    I’ve been running Vonage over a surfbouncer VPN appliance for months and have not noticed any blockage. When did this start and how widespread is it?

  2. Christine says:

    More than outrageous! I am fuming! Literally want to get out guns! Bombs. I have never in my life hated anything – until now. They are evil f–kers, determined to keep us oppressed, undeveloped, trapped in survival mode. Just when we get to a point where it’s possible to engage with the world at many levels, directly and beneficially, they fling Belize back into the dark age! I cannot express my anger enough! So what can we do about it? I’m writing to all the papers, will do everything I can to find a way through their block. How dare they?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Christine says:

    I am ready to pack up and leave Belize for good!

  4. Gabriel says:

    I totally agree with you Christine, i am honestly sick and tired of BTL, especially their poor services at extremely high rates.Their main aim is to capitalize on the people by any means necessary through their telecommunications company.I am ready to do something about it!!!!!

  5. Jonathan Mullen says:

    Nothing new. Asscroft. The Devil.

    A group of Belizean Investors tried to create another Provider Company but at the time BTL’s legal resources stopped them. BTL’s days of doing this are numbered. There are many groups ready and well funded to take them on now. They are only digging their own graves as when there is competition they will have earned no loyalty. Their service sucks. I don’t use them.

  6. Michael Schneider says:

    This is really outrageous!
    Urgently needing a document from the server at home, no problem from anywhere in the world, except from Belize …
    Wasted a lot of time until I realized it was not my fault that I could get no connection …
    Annoying!!!

  7. J says:

    Hello from U.S.

    Does GOB have any regulations or restrictions regarding VOIP? or is the block purely coming from BTL? Thanks!

  8. Jonathan Mullen says:

    Yes. The current monopoly, BTL, “Belize Telecom LTD.” blocks all VOIP. That is the issue here.

    You’re Welcome

  9. dreadcarno says:

    If you can’t beat them, fool them: check out http://belizenewspost.com/2009/04/21/why-the-internet-should-be-open/ for some methods of defeating BTL’s bullshit.

  10. Abraham o. says:

    No end for BTL managements greed.They want to squeeze out maximum amount of money for least possible service.
    You can see in every Belizean news paper you find full-page advertisement praising the super service they provide for belizeans.WOW what a great service.But I know, are no fools to believe this crap.
    Everywhere else in the world,the telephone and internet service is getting better and cheaper.But this BTL service must be running by some extortionists.
    Can you believe, BTL is an internet provider from many years, but still I cannot get the telephone and internet bills through their internet.

  11. JOsh says:

    We have started a facebook group to fight this injustice. It’s still in nascent form but perhaps as more people join up we can use it to foment change.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=121216741728&ref=ts

  12. Sue says:

    Before our wonderful Prime Minister Musa left office he signed a sweet little private deal to allow 15 years of uncontested monopoly for BTL and legal blocking of VOIP for the 15 years also. Deep pockets can accomplish much in a 3rd world country. I was hoping we were growing beyond this. I suppose that “the powers of the Country” think ignorance is truly bliss for the complete population. I would love to know if anyone has managed to break the most recent blocking of Hot Spot and voip?

    • Is this really true? This is the first we have heard about any such agreement that makes this blocking legal? Does anyone have any documentation of this agreement? Or is this just more hearsay?

  13. Jonathan Mullen says:

    Well in my opinion this privileged agreement could not be held binding for many reasons. The Countries financial future being number one. This activity puts Belize on a small list of countries that do this. The first thing to do is to require BTL to shape up it’s service to justify this privilege. How can they launch campaigns to entice back many Belizeans who have left to get educations but failed to return for lack of opportunity, “if” they cannot permit the necessary flow of International communication? Doesn’t take more than a first semester economy student to see the folly there. Belize needs Sustainable development in industries like export, media arts, green energy, and forms of green transportation. It’s hard enough to get commitments for such challenges as it is in the world markets. But to handicap and frustrate all who would Venture, is a sin against the peoples of Belize and I’m pretty sure they’re tired of that. There’s a new generation who will need these opportunities and many very Internet Savvy. No doubt they will be thinking outside the X-box.

  14. diamond says:

    go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7ngdguy9Q8
    they are going to free us from Belize Block Telemedia block Ltd.and out of touch.2009
    at last were looking and going to the sky
    SDN Global Satellite Internet Services
    is now in Belize free at last from
    Belize Block Telemedia blocking you Ltd.
    SDN Global – http://www.sdnglobal.com
    skype yes ya can-surf ip change yes you can
    touch a loveone yes ya cant see things you want to see or learn about yes you can not block here
    go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7ngdguy9Q8

  15. We are happy to block the world: from Belize
    No Skype no Msn No Yahoo No Google Thanks to all the Belize that pay us to block Belize. BTL.

    • Lillian says:

      Expensive BTL….kill poor ppl with unno prices….so unbelievable that one can use a $150 in half an hour with BTL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Jonathan Mullen says:

    Ha ha!! Belizetelemedia 2 funy

    I was told “Smart” is owned under a different name but the same people / BTL. Anyone know if this is true?

    I also heard there is a Fiber optic cable under the ocean from miami to the port of Belize and BTL has blocked it’s use with the help of the GOB. Anyone know if THIS is true?

  17. Steve says:

    Belize Bank just lost in English court. Not able to collect for the corrupt deal with Musa. Pissed Satin Aschcroft off so he is squeezing somewhere else.

    Maybe we need to go back to court. Same courupt situation.

    We could be doing software development like India here but nobody in their right mind would invest good money to be at the mercy of BTL. They would want a direct connect to the fiber optic.

  18. Trent says:

    I am the head of software development for a growing U.S. company that provides security services and software. We outsource part of our development work to India. However, due to the difference in the time zones, we are currently looking to outsource closer to home. We have been looking at Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, etc. However, connectivity issues such as these preclude us from considering Belize any further. It is very unfortunate!

    For what it’s worth, feel free to use our company as an example of a business that passed up Belize because of this issue.

  19. Brent says:

    Here we are more than 2 years since Barrow campaigned that he would end blocking of VoIP. Almost a year since Barrow nationalized BTL. And what have we got? VoIP is still blocked. Not only that, but we are still paying extremely high rates for extremely poor service.

    The basic “high speed” (what a sick joke of a term) package is BZ$100 for 128kbps! 128kbps people!! Meanwhile the outside world get better service/faster speeds on handheld devices using 3G technology. The global average for speed is 1.7mbps (more than 10 times faster than what Belizeans get). The average US user enjoys an average speed of 3,1mbps. Getting 8-12mbps speeds for the same price we pay is not uncommon, if you live ANYWHERE but Belize.

    Look, I get it. We can never expect to get the same level of service for money in little old Belize that North Americans, Asians, and Europeans enjoy. But unlike those other regions, OUR INTERNET SERVICE HAS BEEN FLAT-LINED AT 128K FOR A DECADE! 10 years with no increase in speed or reduction in cost. In the high tech universe that is several lifetimes. Globally, internet speeds have been increasing by 13% per year. But poor little Belize is being left behind due to greed and short-sightedness.

    Getting faster, cheaper, uncensored internet access is not about being able to enjoy Youtube videos or facebook. It’s about trying to stay competitive in a global economy. For all the economic damage BTL is reeking on Belize today with their monopoly on internet access, just think about how much further we will be behind in another 10 years.

    Start agitating people! BTL/GOB is doing some serious damage to Belize by retarding our access to affordable technology. BTL/GOB have been lucky in a way because they have kept this country in the dark for so long, most Belizeans don’t realize what we are being denied. It’s time for those of us inside Belize who realize what we should be entitled to start making some noise.

  20. The VPN service offered by these guys is usable from belize:

    http://freevpnservice.com

    If your port is blocked, just send a support message and they will change it for you.

    The only way it can be totally blocked is if your entire internet service is completely blocked.

  21. ZED says:

    Really involve in web development, open source and open software promotion in my community I will be glad to fight for internet freedom.

    BTL

    I’m sure the monopoly is pure politic. Monopoly is a tradition in Belize, since Brodie, Hyde and all of those colonialist families…

  22. Love Pearl says:

    Great website, I will be back again for sure!

  23. diet says:

    Great post, thank you. I signed up for your feed – hope you post very soon again.

  24. Lillian says:

    BTL so Damn Expensive..Just got charged $150 to download 7 apps……dean stop tek fi we money!!!!!

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  26. eljephe says:

    great.. now facebook is blocked too

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