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Australian ISPs To Start Filtering the Internet 151

Posted by timothy
from the demonization-lessons-going-well dept.
daria42 writes "Australia's controversial mandatory internet filtering scheme may be on the backburner for now, but that doesn't mean it's gone entirely. In the next month, the country's two largest ISPs, Telstra and Optus, will start voluntarily filtering users' connections for a list of URLs containing child pornography. The only thing is, the users themselves don't seem to have much choice in the matter — and as the Electronic Freedom Foundation points out — there are no avenues for appeal for those websites which may feel they've been unfairly blocked."
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Australian ISPs To Start Filtering the Internet

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  • by thegarbz (1787294) on Friday June 24, 2011 @07:22AM (#36553624)

    Like seriously it's almost on the same page WTF Editors! []

  • by MichaelSmith (789609) on Friday June 24, 2011 @07:47AM (#36553834) Homepage Journal

    Is Australia really so fortunate that the users have the ability to switch?.

    Sort of. The local copper loop to the home is generally owned by Telstra, but the federal government mandates that they must lease access to other service providers. The price is fixed and both sides complain more or less continually that it is either too high or too low. My internet service comes from comcen through telstra wires which must be 30 or 40 years old. Optus and Telstra both have co-axial cable to many homes but the cable services are more expensive than ADSL through copper, possibly due to there being less competition and regulation.

If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are real good, you will get out of it.