With Senate passage on July 23 of The School Internet Filtering Act, sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., it looked like a pretty safe bet that schools from coast to coast will be searching for more internet-content management software in the near future. The McCain bill, and its counterpart in the House, would require schools and libraries receiving eRate funds to install filtering software to control internet access from computers used by students or the public.

Despite opposition by the Clinton Administration and education groups, the measure seemed to be gathering momentum. Dozens of...

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