What's interesting is that major U.S. telecommunications companies such as Level 3 and Cogent currently provide Internet services to Syria's neighbors such as Lebanon, but are prohibited from providing the same services in Syria.
"With the diminishing role of western carriers, PCCW is left as a primary means for the Syrian people to document the ongoing conflict, such as via timely YouTube videos, Madory wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. "Ultimately, telecommunications bans could prove counterproductive if they end up placing barriers to the free flow of information," he said.
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