Suppliers motivated by profit will give consumers what they want, suppliers motivated by politics will provide customers with what they think they need or with what will score them the most political points.
Culver City, Calif., is the first operator of a municipal wireless network to filter legal content and applications that the city finds objectionable.
The city has installed filtering software that blocks access to legal adult sites and, more significantly, prevents peer-to-peer file sharing. Ironically, municipal networks are often touted by activists who say commercial service providers are more likely to interfere with free access to Web content. Let the record show that the first U.S. ISP to censor Internet access was a muni network.
Culver City may be the first municiple provider to censor content, but they won't be the last.