Cybertimes, July 28, 1999 28education.html

Those in search of a “cleaner” web experience are turning to filtered internet service providers (ISPs), thanks to a growing number of mostly religious-backed companies that have begun to offer access to the internet, minus the sex and violence that many families want to avoid.

Filtered ISPs offer an alternative to families that want to block what they consider objectionable material. But instead of putting a filter on their computer at home, the ISP does the job for them. And operators of filtered ISPs say their services are more effective than software installed on home computers because they are not as vulnerable to being circumvented by tech-savvy children.

The Center for Democracy and Technology estimates there are about 25 filtered ISPs currently available. More are on the way, including one to be launched by evangelist Pat Robertson’s son, Tim.