Citing a decade-old rule that was put in place during the times of Napster, all "P2P technologies" are still banned from House computers in an effort to avoid malware and illegal file sharing.
"To help protect House data, our IT policy generally prohibits the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies while operating within the secure network," added the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). "While Spotify is currently not authorized, the CAO has and will continue to work with outside vendors to enable the popular services that improve member communication capabilities."
Spotify was quick to respond to the news. "It is a sad day when a few bureaucrats can block our nation's leadership from enjoying free, secure access to over 20 million songs. Music is a common language that all political parties speak and should be used to bring the legislators of this great country together so they can solve the serious issues facing our nation."
"We truly hope the House of Representatives will see the error of their ways and stop blocking Spotify so that all of America can benefit from their collective joy of music," concluded the company.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 2 Feb 2013 16:10