CULVER CITY, CA – According to a press release from California-based technology company Audible Magic Corp (AMC), the “first Los Angeles-area municipality to offer the public a free all-access wireless Internet system” is now filtering that access to strain out “illegal and problematic content” on their network.
According to the AMC release, Culver City decided to incorporate filtering following an analysis conducted via AMC’s CopySense technology, indicating that Culver City’s open network “included some illegal trading of copyrighted music, movies and other video content, including pornographic videos and access to pornographic web sites.”
The city’s Wi-Fi system, which covers approximately 10 square blocks of the recently renovated Town Plaza, offers citizens and visitors free wireless access, both indoors and outdoors, within the covered area.
“Our campaign initially said ‘free and open Wi-Fi access to everybody,’” said John Richo, Director of IT for Culver City. “As part of the incentive plan to bring pedestrian traffic to Town Plaza, people were quick to sign up, and it was clear this was going to be a popular offering.”