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28th Jan, 2008

HB 139


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There's been quite a bit of discussion lately on the PLUG and SLLUG mailing lists about HB 139: Wireless Internet Access Requirements, which is being sponsored in the Legislature by Rep. Bradley Daw (R - Orem).

In a nutshell, HB 139 would require anyone providing public wireless internet access (restaurants, libraries, the public XMission access in downtown Salt Lake, etc.) to restrict access to adults by requiring a credit card or government issued ID, and hold the provider liable if kids access any "harmfui" material over their wireless networks.

Now, I suppose that Rep. Daw has the best of intentions in sponsoring this bill. After all, most of us agree that we shouldn't make porn available to kids (and we'd rather not make it easily accessible for anyone else, either). But this bill won't do that. Lots of kids already have access to credit cards, or at least debit cards or Visa gift cards (which would probably be enough to get in). What the bill will do is make public wifi too risky for most businesses to provide. Some public wireless providers have already stated as much: if the bill passes, public wifi will go away.

So, what to do about this?

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: HB 139 - WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 09:36:19 -0700
From: Bradley Daw <bdaw@utah.gov>

I will be hosting a meeting here in the Capitol on Thursday, January
31st at 3:00 P.M.  We will be discussing House Bill 139 about public
wireless access.  I will be in attendance along with some members of the
Attorney General's staff and members of the Xmission ISP staff.  Anyone
is invited to attend, and please let us know if you will be able to.

The meeting will be held in the East (Senate) Building, in the Beehive
room which is just south of the cafeteria on the first floor.  I hope to
see you there.

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