I’m sick of everybody calling it an internet filter when it’s only a Web filter for a start, so my own little blow for public understanding that the Web is not all of the internet starts here. A filter that doesn’t block USENet groups can hardly be said to be approaching an “internet” level of filtering.
Telstra’s BigPond said yesterday it would not be part of the pilot, which will run for six weeks from this month, citing “customer management issues”.
It wouldn’t say what the issues were but Telstra is believed to be worried about the effect on its reputation of any inconvenience to customers.
Optus said it would participate in the first part of the trial, but not the optional component. Its customers will be able to opt out of the trial.