Porn filter ‘could cripple internet’ : ISPs

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Internode and iiNet have spoken out and said that they are against the new Government’s plan for an ISP-level filtering initiative, saying that it could cripple our high-speed internet access.

Mandatory filtering was one of Kevin Rudd’s election promises and is set to move to an ISP level to remove "inappropriate content" from our browser. These are currently being trialled by ACMA (Australian Communication and Media Authority).

ACMA is expected to file its report with the minister Senator Stephen Conroy by the end of this month, after it pledged to fund a $125.8 million subsidy for ISPs to install the filtering equipment.

However, it has been panned by many critics – with security experts saying it should block malware than inappropriate content, one of the suggestions backed by Internode.

BigPond, however, is taking a different stance on the issue and is saying it will support the move. A spokesperson for the ISP said that ISP-level filtering is "part of the overall solution of reducing families’ exposure to online risks with education and safe online behaviour being as equally important".

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