Some of you in the United States may have experienced a significant slow-down in the Internet over the last couple of days, and also found particular pages on websites simply not working as you’d expect. I certainly did (linked through Verizon fibre). This article reports that certain news websites were blocked, perhaps as a test, but I found it more comprehensive when I look back, and activating a VPN made it fun faster, not slower, and the pages that were not working suddenly began to work as expected.
In my view, we should expect this kind of behaviour everywhere. Forget this notion that the Western countries are free from this.