CIPA, The Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act, passed in April of 2001. CIPA legislation requires all public education facilities and public libraries install Internet Filtering to block material considered harmful to minors.
The CIPA legislation HR4577 passed overwhelmingly with full bi-partisan support and was signed into law and has been defended at the United States Supreme Court level and is in full effect.
Each year the government is investing three billion dollars to purchase computers, Internet and Internet related educational materials through a program called E-rate. CIPA requires educational facilities using Federal funds for Internet use or connections to have filtering systems or risk losing Federal aid.
A recent survey from the Digital Media Forum indicated 92% of Americans believe pornography should be blocked on educational computers and 79% say hate speech should be filtered.
To review the CIPA Legislation please click here.