Some legislators' attempts to tie eRate funding to internet filtering requirements have civil liberties and education groups crying foul. But do bills such the Internet Filtering Act‹recently passed by the Senate Commerce Committee‹violate the Constitution? Maybe not.

Bills sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., would require schools and libraries to install systems for filtering or blocking access to such material as a condition to eRate discounts. Coats's bill would also curtail commercial distribution on the web of text or images of a sexual nature that are harmful to minors.

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