|Akamai Technologies has begun phasing out delivery of porn and gambling sites via servers installed at universities and colleges. |
As of Friday last week, Akamai servers in data centres at the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Babson College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Maine, and apparently at several other schools, were no longer being used to ''cache,'' or store, images and text from gambling and porn sites, according to business competitors of Akamai who monitor the publicly accessible devices.
Akamai is an Internet ''content delivery networking'' company, which means that it hosts copies of Internet sites on its servers to enable smoother delivery to the end user.
An Akamai spokesperson would not comment on specific servers but reiterated Akamai’s official line that it is phasing out its relationships with three gambling sites and with porn sites, both of which he said represent less than 1% of Akamai's annual revenue of more than $100 million.
''We have said all along that it's going away, but I can't speak to every step of the process,'' the spokesperson said. He could not say whether the changes are permanent.
Akamai says it is no longer seeking business from pornography sites or gambling sites and is not renewing contracts that are about to expire, but has not said when it expects to be out of the business.
Neither of Akamai's two main competitors, Cable & Wireless and Speedera, use school- or university-based servers in their networks. Both acknowledge they do business for porn sites, but through commercial datacenters.
Speedera marketing vice president Gordon Smith said: ''Speedera does not provide any services to gambling sites. These sites have moved outside the US for a reason, and Speedera is not interested in helping them attempt to circumvent US law enforcement.'' C&W said it was almost certain it does not handle casino sites in the United States.