Telstra says no to internet filter

The government’s controversial plan to filter the internet has been dealt a blow after the nation’s largest ISP, Telstra has refused to participate in the trials.

The government’s controversial plan to filter the internet has been dealt a blow after the nation’s largest ISP, Telstra has refused to participate in the trials.

A Telstra spokesperson released the following statement today:

“Telstra is not in a position to participate in the Government’s internet filtering trial, primarily due to customer management issues.

“We will continue to work constructively with all stakeholders, including the Government, to help provide a safe internet environment for children.”

Child protection groups are painting the move by the telco as a black day for children everywhere. However civil libertarians and political activist groups such as Get Up are welcoming the announcement.

Internet Service Provider Internode has also declined to take part in the trials:

Internode managing director Simon Hackett said: “We feel the policy is deeply flawed as it stands and further dignifying that policy with additional tests that will repeat the results of the tests done over the last decade will not turn a flawed policy into a good one.”

Source: The Australian

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