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5.2. USA - Commerce Department urges FCC to require schools to adopt child - protective Internet access policy

In an April 1999 letter, the Commerce Department urged the Federal Communications Commission to impose on state schools policies for acceptable use by children of online resources including the Internet. State schools and libraries applying for federal funds and discounted E-rate connections to the Internet should certify that they have instituted policies to safeguard minors from exposure to inappropriate content. Although no particular types of filtering or blocking techniques are recommended, parents should be provided by public institutions with reasonable assurances that schools have implemented adequate protective measures and access policies. The FCC is required to help the schools promote this policy by directing federal funds to elementary and secondary schools and public libraries, providing critical protection for children using online resources.

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