Whirlpool survey show almost 90 percent won’t use the optional porn filter

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imageWhirlpool, Australia’s top internet community, has released the details of its Australian Broadband Survey for 2009, which included questions about ISP service and the internet filter.

Not surprisingly, almost 90 percent of those surveyed (88.9%) said that they would not used the optional filter that will be used to block pornography from a user’s connection.

Politics were also an important thing, with 75.3 percent saying that they want a Fibre To The Home connection, and not a Fibre To The Node, for the new National Broadband network.

Speaking of the broadband network, the majority of those who voted said that the government’s handling of the NBN bid was Abysmal (41.7 percent) or Poor (36.1 percent). 6.8 percent voted that they didn’t know, 14.4 percent said it was “acceptable” and only 1 percent said it was excellent.

Another topic was federal Communications Ministers from the past few years. Conroy was voted the worst minister, with Helen Coonan second and Richard Alston third. However, the majority of the votes went to “I don’t follow politics”.

In terms of Australia’s broadband network, a majority of people have voted that the current value is pretty much the same (53.9%), as opposed to those who said it was better (27%), worse (15.8%), or were not sure with the value (3.3%).

As well, the survey found that fast speeds were the most important (39.1%), followed by the ability to download large amounts (28.4%), then always-on connection (15.8%), lower service costs (10.8%), closer to a particular node – or low latency (3.7), Frees up telephone line (2%) or video and music from your ISP (0.3%).

3G connections have dipped, according to the survey. Compared to last year’s 43.3 percent to this years 36.8 percent, this could be attributed to the congestion on Optus’ own 3G network or people are now starting to rely on wired connections.

For the question on would you recommend your ISP to others, Telstra Cable and Optus Cable are roughly 50-50, while DSL service saw more saying that they would not, though Telstra’s DSL had more almost two-thirds saying no. Telstra’s Next G also saw more people saying no.

iiNet, Internode, Westnet, Adam Internet and Amnet were the only ISPs to get over 90% of the yes vote, while Exetel was in the high 80s. However, iiNet and Netscape saw a huge jump in their recommendations. AAPT, however, had a reverse trend, with 16.8% more people saying that they would not recommend it to their friends, compared to last year.

You can view the results of the survey here.