Softlayer / Blocking Cuba IP's ?

Mike Hammett nanog at
Fri Feb 19 21:11:38 UTC 2016 

This is likely the same situation. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 


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From: "Faisal Imtiaz" <faisal at> 
To: "nanog list" <nanog at> 
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2016 2:27:59 PM 
Subject: Softlayer / Blocking Cuba IP's ? 

Hello All, 

This is a shout out to Softlayer Network Admin / Policy folks... 

We just went thru a painful process to find out that Softlayer has recently decided to block Cuba IP Address Space....(on their cloud services). 

I am not a politician, nor any kind of a policy expert, However I have a questions for the SoftLayer folks... 

On What basis, legal requirement, logic, have they taken on the responsibility to implement such a Block ? 

Considering the fact that such a block was just put in place about a week ago ? 
Last time I checked, blocking any part of the world is not part of any legal requirements on any Global Service Provider ? other than a 'company policy' ? 

Also, the Last time I checked the US Cuba relations are getting better not worse! 

Would love to know what was the reasoning behind such action ! 

Thank you. 

Faisal Imtiaz 
Snappy Internet & Telecom 

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