The Federal Communications Commission has planted itself firmly in favor of internet filtering software in schools. Schools that do not have plans in place for filtering internet-based pornography by July 1 will lose federal eRate funds, under the FCC's rule-making, issued on April 5.

Under the Children's Internet Protection Act, which became law in December, schools must adopt a way to ensure that children do not have see "obscene" images, pornography, or other visual matter that is deemed "harmful to minors." The FCC's recent rule-making made it clear that enforcement must include technology to...

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