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Major Internet Providers Blocking Customers From Child Porn Sites

Douglas Campbell, VP AMA TechTel Douglas Campbell, VP AMA TechTel
Terry Easterling, Probation Officer Terry Easterling, Probation Officer

You may soon be blocked from certain websites. That is because some internet service providers are blocking their customers from those sites.

Sprint, Verizon and Time Warner have banded together to block any child pornography site and any site that even traffics child pornography. But one local internet service provider is years ahead.

AMA TechTel does not put up with child pornography. VP Douglas Campbell says, "we block any known sites, especially child porn sites, and anything like that."

The company has been blocking those sites for about ten years now.

But one area sex offender probation officer says while blocking these sites is a good thing, it is not foolproof. Terry Easterling says, "as soon as these sites are blocked, they are going to get around it."

Still, it could prevent someone from becoming an addict in the future. Easterling says, "it can be addictive for some personalities, so if they are never exposed to it, it won't be a problem they develop."

He says that is a step in the right direction.

We also spoke with Sudden Link communications, who says that service offers a filter that parents can control. But the company is not currently looking to block all customers from websites.

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