Conroy delays ISP trial of Internet content filters

 

Broadband Minister Stephen Conroy has come clean on the highly anticipated technical trials of content filter technologies by ISPs, announcing he will push them back until at least mid-January 2009.

It has been reported this week by News.com.au that ISPs which had expressed interest in participating in the trials, including iiNet, were still yet to receive word from the government on whether they’d been accepted into the program.

The trials were initially set to run before the end of the year.

However, Conroy has now pushed the technical trials into next year, just days after announcing the trials would be expanded to test filters that can examine peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic .

“The pilot trial will not begin until mid-January and an announcement regarding participants will be made at that time,” said Conroy.

“On 10 November I released an Expression of Interest seeking participation of ISPs and mobile telephone providers in a live pilot. A number of applications have been received from ISPs expressing interest in participating in the field pilot of ISP content filtering.

“The live pilot trial will provide evidence on the real world impacts of ISP content filtering, including for providers and internet users. It will provide an invaluable opportunity for ISPs to inform the Government’s approach,” said Conroy.


Conroy delays ISP trial of Internet content filters
 
 
 
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