Internet Service Provider Content Filtering
In 2018, the Utah Legislature passed Senate Bill 134 modifying Utah Code §76-10-1230 regarding an Internet service provider’s responsibility to offer content filtering methods for materials harmful to minors. Pursuant to Utah Code §76-10-1230, Internet service providers are to notify in a conspicuous manner all of the service provider's consumers with a Utah residential address that the consumer may request material harmful to minors be blocked.
Utah Code §76-10-1230 also requires Internet service providers to notify the Division of Consumer Protection that a notice was sent and provide a copy of the notice to the Division by December 31, 2018. A service provider that intentionally or knowingly fails to provide notice to a consumer and the Division may be subject to a civil fine up to $10,000.
The notices received by the Division are listed below. *These notices do not constitute, and may not be represented by any person to constitute, an endorsement or approval of any product or service by either the Division of Consumer Protection or the State of Utah.
Per the State of Utah Department of Commerce’s S.B. 134*, as an internet service provider, we are required to notify you of your right to request the ability to block material you deem harmful to minors.
All West Communications recommends the use of one of the following websites to block such material:
- Circle with Disney https://meetcircle.com/
- Open DNS https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
- Sophos Home https://home.sophos.com/en-us/free-anti-virus-windows.aspx
While there is a charge for the Circle cube, it can be used with all internet-connected devices (mobile or desktop, hardwired or wireless) so you don’t have to configure each device separately. (Open DNS and Sophos Home are both free, but you will need to configure your devices and/or download software.)
We care about our customers’ internet safety and security—and what materials minors have access to. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ability to block harmful material in your home, please contact us at 866.ALL.WEST (255.9378).
*To read the full statue, please go to: https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title 76/Chapter10/76-10-P12.html. See Utah Code §§ 76-10-12(1201) and 76-10-12(1230-1233).
Utah’s legislators recently made changes to the Utah Criminal Code regarding an internet service provider's responsibility to offer content filtering methods for material harmful to minors. At ATC, we take this responsibility seriously. Please review the enclosed information regarding a FREE internet filtering service that is available to you through Circle with Disney and ATC.
What is Circle with Disney?
Circle with Disney is an innovative approach to internet content filtering. It’s available to use on any type of internet connection (wireless or wired), and essentially monitors the activity of all devices on your connected home network. You can even manage your family's mobile devices on any cellular network away from home with Circle go (https://meetcircle.com/circle-go) From laptops and tablets to smartphones and game consoles, Circle is designed to help you oversee them all.
How do I get started with Circle?
Although Circle has been on the market since 2015, it wasn’t until two years later that they really began to make some noise. In fall of 2017, Circle partnered with Netgear (one of the nation’s leading router manufacturers) to create a more seamless internet filtering platform. This means that Circle’s filtering technology is built directly into some Netgear routers, making the service even simpler to set up and use. Many of ATC’s Netgear routers come with Circle integration built right in. Visit www.netgear.com/landings/circle to learn if your Netgear router already has Circle with Disney built in.
If you don’t have a Netgear router (or Circle isn’t built into your Netgear router), don’t worry. The benefits of Circle can still be achieved by adding a Circle Home device to any existing router. The Circle Home runs about $100 and is available from retailers everywhere, including Amazon.com
What does Circle cost?
Here’s the best part: Circle Home service is actually FREE. No kidding! Of course you’ll need to purchase the Circle Home Device (as mentioned above) or own a Netgear router integrated with Circle (available at your local ATC office) to get started. However, once you have the equipment there are no monthly fees! Access to Circle’s basic features like filtering content by age and category, the ability to pause the internet on any device, and a history list of sites visited are all FREE. More advanced features like detailed usage, time limits, and the “Bedtime” feature are available with a premium subscription, currently only $4.95 a month. If you want to expand your Circle coverage to include devices connected to any cellular network, you’ll need to add on Circle Go. Circle Go requires a monthly subscription of $4.99 and can cover up to 10 devices on any mobile network.
As you can see, Circle with Disney takes internet parental controls to the next level. Its ease of use and broad functionality combined with a trusted brand name, makes it a top pick from your friends at ATC. Please visit www.meetcircle.com to learn more about using Circle with Disney’s internet filtering service.
Blocking harmful material
You can block material harmful to minors on your mobile device by using the AT&T Secure Family™ app available at att.com/securefamily
Blocking harmful material
You can block material harmful to minors by using third party parental control software with your AT&T Wireless Internet service. You’ll find options by searching online for “parental control software”.
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With AWI Family Web Filter you can protect your family from inappropriate content of applications. This basic service is free with all of our Internet Packages.
AWi-Fi Managed Networking Service featuring Router Limits allows the consumer to filter the content that comes into your home. With the Router Limits software, you can manage screen time, block adult content, track browsing history and more.
This year the Utah State Legislature passed a new bill, SB0134 – ‘Materials Harmful to Minors’. This bill mandates that we, as your Internet Service Provider, notify you of filtering options which are available for you to filter content that may be deemed inappropriate for minors, and requires us to make recommendations. There are many options available for filtering content. Some of these options require a hardware device, and some use software on your router or on each individual computer or wireless device in your home. There are commercially available hardware options such as the Disney Circle router, or Netgear has parental controls built-in to their ‘Genie’ router hardware and software. You may find more information on these solutions from the manufacturer’s website.
Many people will filter at the router level using one of these types of hardware solutions, or by using special DNS servers so that they do not have to monitor every device in the home individually. Many of these options will require a static public IP be added to your account in order to work correctly. Contact us for information on provisioning a public IP to your account. There is an additional monthly charge required for a static IP address. Whether you want to keep your kids' eyes away from inappropriate content or your employees from wasting time online, you'll find that there are a variety of great tools available for filtering internet access.
The following recommendations (originally posted on www.lifehacker.com) range in difficultly of installation, from as simple as requiring five minutes to install, to as complex as setting up a physical computer as a Linux-based content filter. Which method you choose depends on how comfortable you are with the various technologies employed. Many customers simply install software like K9 on each device. The choice to filter content and which content to filter lies with you, the consumer. Blue Spring Broadband is not affiliated with any of the companies or websites suggested here, and we cannot be held liable for any content which the following solutions do or do not filter while using our services. We are only recommending these options to you because of a legal requirement to do so, under the threat of penalties and fines for our company if we do not.
- OpenDNS (Cross Platform, Free) This seems like the most common solution that we see most customers using. OpenDNS is a perfect solution for people who either lack the time or expertise to set up and administer a full-out content-filtering server. OpenDNS replaces your current DNS server and allows you to filter every connection coming out of your house if you change the DNS settings at the router level. No matter if someone is on your main desktop or connecting into your wireless via laptop, everything will be filtered by OpenDNS. You can set custom filters to white list and black list specific sites and customize the range of filters they provide for you. If you're considering using OpenDNS as your household filter, you may want to check out this article on How-To-Geek for more detailed information. This option requires a static public IP address be provisioned to your account. Contact us for more information on adding a public IP.
- K9 (Windows/Mac, Free) Many of us have had experiences with K9's internet filtering, if for no other reason than it's used in thousands of schools across the country. One of K9's strong points is the division of filtered content into 60+ categories which allows you to easily block and unblock large chunks of their blacklist without having to get your hands too dirty. K9 is a desktop software solution; you install the software and it checks all the internet requests you make against the filters you have specified. In an effort to overcome the limitations of working from a static database, K9 introduced Dynamic Real-Time Rating to actively access the content of websites and ban them if they fall into the filter categories you've selected.
- DansGuardian (Cross Platform, Free) One way to measure whether or not Dansguardian is the right filtering tool for you is your willingness to install and tinker with an operating system like Linux. Dansguardian runs on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Mac OS X, HP-UX, and Solaris. So this solution would be a great choice for our more technically-savvy users, who are comfortable with using the Linux Operating System. DansGuardian is extremely configurable and allows you to do all sorts of things, like block all images, filter ads out across your entire home network, block files from being downloaded by extension type, and control the effects of the filters, whitelists, and more based on which computer on your network is doing the accessing. You can deploy different filters for different computers based on domain, user, and source IP so your high school student doesn't get the same ultra-filtered content your elementary student does. DansGuardian needs to be paired with a proxy as it doesn't serve the web pages itself but only acts as a filter—many users use Squid, also mentioned in the entry for SquidGuard.
- SquidGuard/Squid (Linux, Free) SquidGuard is similar to Dansguard in that it is a stand-alone filtering tool you connect into with a proxy—in this case the popular Squid proxy. Also, like Dansguard, you have a high degree of flexibility—dream up a combination of filtering parameters and there's a good chance you can make it happen with SquidGuard. Do you want to block a specific program between the hours of 9AM and 10PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays? Not a problem with the highly customizable SquidGuard. SquidGuard is natively a UNIX-environment only tool, and you can install it onto Linux, FreeBSD, and so forth.
These recommendations are also posted conspicuously at http://bluespring.me/legal/content-filtering/.
In 2018 the Utah legislature passed Senate Bill 134 which requires Beehive, as your Internet Service Provider, to notify you that there are tools available to help you and your family enjoy your internet service in a safe manner. Specifically, S.B. 134 requires Beehive to provide content filtering and/or recommend filtering options to our customers.
Beehive is exploring future content filtering options to offer directly to its subscribers. However, since we do not offer a content filtering solution at this time, we instead recommend customers review and consider one of the many fine solutions that are commercially available.
- Advocacy groups such asFamily Online Safety Institute and ConnectSafely are great places to start, and provide connections to third-party filtering tools you can use on your home computers and mobile devices.
- Zift - Intended for families and supports the many connected devices used to access the Internet including iPhone and Android smartphones. Both free and premium paid versions are available. Zift recently acquired the popular Net Nanny content filtering company.
- iPhone - Apple's built in content filtering might sufficiently fulfill your family's needs.
- Android Devices
- Search Google
- Ask your wireless provider (e.g., ATT or Verizon) if they offer content filtering
- Browser Search Results - Your web browser and search engine are good places to start with content filtering.
- Enable Google's Safe Search on your devices.
Whatever you decide is best for your family, remember that technology can only provide part of the solution. If you do use a content filter, remember that some legitimate content may be blocked while sites you might not consider appropriate will likely still get through.
We're always here for you if you have any questions or need help. Feel free to contact us or visit our online Help Center any time. 1-435-837-6000 or email@example.com
To our valued brigham.net customers:
The Utah State legislature has passed a bill in 2018 (SB-134) regarding the filtering of internet content which may be harmful to minors.
In a nutshell this bill requires that Internet service providers engaging in business with customers in the state of Utah must provide an option to filter content which may be deemed harmful to minors. This is something that will be optional for each customer and No filtering will occur unless a customer specifically requests it.
Because we highly value the privacy of each customer and believe that each customer may have different filtering needs, we feel that the filtering should occur on the customer’s side of the connection in their own home or business. We do not monitor activity of our customers and have no plans to change this.
We will be happy to work with any customer that requests filtering to setup the option which works best for their situation. A list of the options we can help with are listed below.
- OpenDNS Family Shield. This service is installed on the internet router which is directly connected to your Brigham.net/Utopia internet connection. All devices in your home will have e adult content filtering applied with minimal hassle. Although it is possible to bypass this filtering it will require more than a basic technical knowledge to do so. There are no filtering options with this service. It is turned on and applies only to adult content for all devices. It is possible to install this service on individual computers.
- OpenDNS Home. This service does the same filtering as OpenDNS Family shield but it is customizable with over 50 categories of filtering which can be turned on or off. In addition to Adult content it will also filter phishing sites, hate groups, drug related sites and many others which may be turned on or off. OpenDNS is currently being used by 30,000,00 homes, school, and businesses.
- K9 Wb Protection. Is an Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer or Apple or Android device. K9 installs onto individual computers and provides the following features.
- Block web sites in more than 70 categories, including pornography, gambling, drugs.
- Set time restrictions for Internet usage
- Override block with a password
- Anti Tampering protection
- Reports to monitor and control web activity.
- Real time updates to catch the latest threats and websites.
- Works on both Macs, PC’s, Apple and Android.
Please let us know if we can help you to protect your children or other family members.
NEW CENTRAGUARD SERVICE TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY!
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR FAMILY IS EXPOSED TO ON THE INTERNET? New CentraCom CentraGuard service is a whole-home network management system that gives you peace-of-mind and helps you manage every device in your home. That includes computers, tablets, gaming consoles, phones, TVs and more. There's no software to install, and because CentraGuard is in the cloud, you're always up to date. With CentraGuard you can:
- Control access to specific websites or categories, hour by hour, day by day. Get peace-of-mind with protection from pornography and other harmful content.
- Set internet access schedules that fit the needs of each person. For example, filter social media at set times of the day. Or shut off the kids' access to the internet completely during dinner and at bedtime.
- See what's happening online in your home in real-time even when you're not there.
- Lock on Google and Bing SafeSearch, you can filter explicit search results, like pornography.
- The mobile companion app enforces limits on the mobile phones no matter the device location."
Your Internet security and experience is important to CenturyLink.
During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Utah Legislature passed S.B. 134 which requires Internet Service Providers to offer content filtering for materials harmful to minors. This legislation also requires CenturyLink to notify you of filtering software available to you.
Please note that you are not required to purchase any product from CenturyLink or any provider. This notice is for awareness purposes only.
CenturyLink’s @Ease product is available here: https://www.centurylink.com/home/ease/ and provides the availability of such software. Also, information regarding the options available to you can be obtained from the product descriptions found at: http://www.centurylink.com/home/help/internet/centurylink-at-ease/benefits-of-centurylink-at-ease.html.
Specifically, the PC Security (by Norton) section shows the Parental Control Option/Level that provides you with the capabilities and tools to block any material that you deem harmful to minors.
All questions should be directed to the Utah Attorney General’s Constituent Services Unit by calling (800) 244-4636 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being a valued CenturyLink customer.
The Utah Legislature recently passed S.B. 134 modifying the Utah Criminal Code regarding an Internet service provider’s responsibility to offer content filtering methods for material harmful to minors. In compliance with this requirement, and for your convenience, Choice NTUA Wireless is sending this notice to alert you of your right to request that material harmful to minors be blocked and to inform you of content filtering solutions that are available to you. For more information about these content filtering solutions, please visit https://www.choice-wireless.com/parental-controls.html.
Should you have any questions about this notice, please do not hesitate to contact Customer Support by calling 928-730-CARE (2273).
"Parental controls are included with your Xfinity TV and Internet services to help you monitor your families viewing and browsing experiences. Learn how you can manage the programming they watch at parents.xfinity.com/tv. Blocking inappropriate content from your kids and keep them safe online, too. Go to xfinity.com/support/articles/protect-your-children-while-online to learn how."
In order to be compliant with State Law SB 134 "offering content filtering methods for materials harmful to minors." we are notifying our clients by email of some of the methods available.
Kaspersky offers a free version as well as instructions on how to use it at...
They also have a paid version with additional features available at the same site listed above.
In accordance with Utah Legislation S.B. 134, Direct Communications – Cedar Valley LLC (DirectCom) is offering or suggesting content filtering methods for materials harmful to minors through third-party providers.
DirectCom does not provide or prefer any specific third-party vendor.
DirectCom is able to refer customers to commercially available options that do provide a reasonable method of filtering the receipt of material harmful to minors.
Filtering Types and Options:
- Software – Application installed on device that performs filtering service based on the application features available.
*Options: Net Nanny, Symantec Norton Family, Kaspersky Safe Kids, Circle with Disney, Qustodio..
- Hardware – Broadband connected device (e.g. router or modem) that performs filtering service for connected devices based on configurable options included or supported.
*Options: Clean Router, Router Limits, Circle with Disney on Commercial routers.
- DNS – Alternative primary and secondary addresses to that of an Internet provider, this alternative service provides benefits of hardware solution without the hardware.
*Options: OpenDNS, SafeDNS, DNSFilter, WebTitan, ChurchDNS.
- Internet Proxy – Service that often requires subscribing to and configuring the device(s) to use Internet proxy filter.
*Options: Safe Squid, DansGuardian, GateSentry
- VPN (Virtual Private Network) – Subscription based service that connects Internet device(s) to secure virtual private network which filters content based on advertised features and services.
*Options: PureVPN, Curbi
DirectCom encourages our customers to research and analyze the appropriate filtering method for their needs.
Direct Communications – Technical Support 801-789-2800
*List of products is not exhaustive, nor endorsed or listed as preference by DirectCom.
You may find the need to filter or block content on the internet in order to provide a safe and secure internet experience for your family. Content filtering can be done many ways, but Echo Broadband recommends using 3rd party services in addition to taking extra steps with your home network in order to provide a safe internet experience. Such 3rd party services include:
Please reach out to us if you have any questions.
HOW TO HELP YOUR FAMILY STAY SAFE ONLINE
Pursuant to Utah Code Annotated 76-10-1231, Emery Telcom hereby provides notice that it does offer third party solutions to its customers to block material harmful to minors on the Internet. If you are interested in discussing options for such content filtering, please contact our office at (435) 748-2223.
The State of Utah, Department of commerce, has passed S.B. 134 modifying the Utah Criminal Code regarding an Internet service provider’s responsibility to offer content filtering methods for materials harmful to minors. Under S.B. 134, Internet service providers are required to notify consumers by December 30, 2018 of your right to request that material harmful to minors be blocked.
Please accept this letter as notice of the availability of content filtering for your internet service. You may request to have content/material harmful to minors blocked.
If you have any questions regarding the filtering of content, or are interested in filtering content please contact us at 1-866-821-0373. We have several options that should suit your needs.
Thank you for choosing Farmers for your broadband needs and appreciate your business.
Your business is important to us and Go Fiber is constantly improving with the objective of providing you with the best possible internet experience.
During the 2018 session, the Utah Legislature passed S.B. 134 which requires Internet Service Providers to offer content filtering for materials harmful to minors. The legislation also requires Go Fiber to notify you of filtering options available to you.
After exploring many available options, Go Fiber has partnered with a content filtering solution called FamilyFilter. You are not required to subscribe to this service but it is now available to you should you wish to subscribe. The service is available at https://familyfilter.us/
FamilyFilter not only filters content for Go Fiber subscribers, but can also filter mobile devices (Android and iPhone) that may be used off the Go Fiber network. It provides options to restrict screen times and the types of content individual devices can access. The service also includes a tool to report on Internet usage.
As Go Fiber strives to keep our network up to date with the latest in technologies and standards, most other third party filtering software and devices are also compatible with Go Fiber Internet service.
For further information on S.B. 134, visit https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title76/Chapter10/76-10-S1231.html
Please be aware that Go Fiber does not currently filter your internet content and your content will only be filtered if you subscribe to FamilyFilter or another third party provider of your choice.
We hope you're enjoying your Google Fiber service. We’re reaching out today because a recently enacted Utah law requires us to let you know that there are tools available to help you and your family enjoy all the good things the Internet has to offer -- safely.
The information below includes resources to learn more about Internet safety, as well as how to protect minors online and allow for flexibility in determining the appropriate controls.
Advocacy groups including Family Online Safety Institute and ConnectSafely are great places to start, and provide connections to third-party filtering tools you can use on your home computers and mobile devices.
Google's Family Link app helps parents stay in the loop as their child or teen explores on their computer or mobile device, and lets parents set certain digital ground rules for their family. Here are some instructions on how to filter specific sites on Family Link. Please visit the Family Link website for more information and to download the app.
On March 16, 2018, Governor Herbert signed into law Senate Bill 134 “Materials Harmful To Minors Amendments”. This bill declares that as a customer of LightBurst Broadband, you have the right to request that harmful materials be blocked from Internet access at your place of service.
We understand that filtering the content of the Internet may be important to you and your family so we are pleased to announce our LightBurst Broadband Aspire Content Filtering service. You will enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that your family is safe from objectionable Internet content with the filtering service built within our Aspire Whole-Home Managed Wi-Fi system.
Our managed, carrier-grade Wi-Fi gives you superior performance, everywhere in your home. Unlike some of the consumer-grade Wi-Fi systems you buy at your local consumer electronics store, carrier-grade Wi-Fi is fast and highly reliable. No more dropped connections, no more dead spots—just reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi that works.
Even better is that it’s worry-free. We take care of managing and updating your Wi-Fi network on an ongoing basis, so you don’t have to. If you ever have an issue with your home network, our technical support team can access your Wi-Fi router remotely over the Internet and get you back up and running quickly.
The Aspire Content Filtering service is an additional $3.95 per month option when you subscribe to our Aspire Whole-Home Managed Wi-Fi service for only $9.95 per month. With these two services your home is covered with the Wi-Fi system you deserve and the content filtering service your family needs for only pennies per day.
We would love to talk to you more or give you a demonstration of the Aspire Whole-Home Managed Wi-Fi system and Aspire Content Filtering Service. If you’re ready to leave poor Wi-Fi performance and technical hassles behind and start enjoying a superior protected online experience, either call us at 528-7236 or drop by our office at 29 South Main to get more information.
The Utah State Legislature recently passed S.B. 134, "Materials Harmful to Minors Amendments" into state law. This amendment requires that High Speed Utah either provide you with tools, or inform you of tools you can use to help keep your children away from content you might deem inappropriate for them.
Understandably, there will be different opinions of what is, and isn't appropriate for children at different ages, so we have elected to simply inform you of what tools are available, so each family can determine for themselves what is right.
Below is a list of options that we have vetted, as well as our overall opinion of each option. There are hundreds of choices out there, and due diligence on the part of parents is recommended before you choose which option is right for you.
- Option 1: Disney Circle Appliance
- A small box (now on sale for $41 at Best Buy) that connects to your network, and filters all traffic going through your network. From a networking perspective, it does have some downside, but it is effective and allows for almost unlimited control of not only content, but also time management. From a parents perspective, this appliance is awesome. It does take some time to setup, but once that's done, it's simple to operate. The downside to this appliance is that it can affect your overall network performance. It will increase latency (bad for gamers) and make it so top speeds are around 60-70 mbps (but for most households, this is still enough). In high-usage homes those numbers can get worse. If network performance is a must, but the Disney Circle sounds good to you, there is another option below.
- Option 2: Disney Circle embedded in Netgear Nighthawk Router
Rather than having all of your traffic go first to the Disney Circle appliance, and then pass on to the router, Netgear has partnered with Disney to embed the Circle software directly into some of their Nighthawk series routers. A full list of what routers are available can be found here: https://www.netgear.com/landings/circle/default.aspx
With this option, network performance is greatly enhanced. The downside to this option is twofold. One, you have to purchase one of the listed routers if you don't already own one. Two, in order to get all of the listed benefits, you have to pay an extra $5/month to Disney. The default "free" program installed on these routers will allow you to pause internet, create profiles and assign different devices to different profiles, as well as filter content appropriate for each profile created. It won't allow you to do some of the nicer features like time management, and giving rewards. That being said, this is our number two option because it gives you all of the benefits of Disney Circle, but keeps latency down, and speeds up.
The Disney Circle makes our top spot(s) for another reason, and that is the ability to make it mobile. With the proliferation of mobile devices, keeping your kids safe in the home is no longer enough. If they have a mobile device, they can simply turn off the wifi if they want to bypass whatever filtering features you have in place on your home network. Once they are on the mobile network, there is little you can do to filter what they view. Disney Circle has a companion service called Disney Go that allows you to extend the filtering, and time management services to mobile devices as well. We highly recommend it for any parent wishing to filter the content their children view while using a mobile device on a mobile network.
Keeping children safe also requires parental insight into what content their children actually view. The Disney Circle also allows you to view all content that was viewed by the different profiles on your account.
- Option 3: TP-Link HomeCare
- Much like option two, this is a software/router combination. This service is free (for at least the first three years, ongoing pricing still not determined yet), but requires that you use a HomeCare enabled router. This service is a bit more clunky to setup, and requires a bit more patience, but it is effective. One nice option with this service is that in addition to profiles, content, and time filtering, it also provides network level security for all devices on your home network.
- Option 4: DNS level filtering by OpenDNS
- This option is totally free, and we can help point you to the right DNS servers so this works effectively for you without too much trouble on your part. It requires that you setup an account with OpenDNS. Go to https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/ Choose one of the two free options that is right for you, OpenDNS Family Shield, or OpenDNS Home. Family Shield is more of a set it and forget it service, where OpenDNS Home allows for more granular control, but also requires a bit more setup.
I must stress that NONE of these options are perfect, and constant communication and a good relationship with your children is the best way to actually keep them safe online. ALL of these options are only as good as the database they use to flag content as inappropriate, and none of those databases have classified every single bit of content on the internet. HIgh Speed Utah cannot guarantee that any of these options will filter all content you deem inappropriate. Don't set up one of these options (or any other option out there) and assume that your kids are protected. This a good first step, but keeping your kids safe online requires more than just a good filter. Continuous discussions with your children about what they're looking at, and how long they're looking at it, is also a good way to keep them safe online.
Just to repeat, most filtering options will affect network performance negatively, but not to the point that it’s not worth doing if you find it desirable. The only option that won’t affect network performance is also the one that gives you the least amount of control, and that is DNS filtering. There are several other options out there, and we encourage you to do your homework before deciding on what’s right for you and your family.
Just as a side note, we make no money by selling you on a particular product. We are simply giving you our honest opinion of what the best option is out there for parents to use.
The State of Utah requires all internet service providers, who provide internet service within the State of Utah to send their customers information on ways to filters internet content. Below you will find content filtering software that will work for this purpose.
The Internet is the biggest source of information today. Millions of people head online daily so as to find data about various topics. Some are in search of academic information while others simply surf for leisure. The World Wide Web also contains various types of entertainment facilities. There is video, animations, audio, movies, TV and much more. Some of the websites contain constructive material. On the other hand, there are some that contain inappropriate content. Our children regularly visit the Internet for leisure or academic purposes. Therefore, it is important to filter their content so that they do not end up viewing or consuming the inappropriate material. There are software tools which we can use for this purpose. Here are some of the best Internet content filters today.
- FamiSafe - Kid Tracker & Parental Control
- Norton Family parental control
- ESET Parental Control
- Qustodio Parental Control
- Net Nanny
- Kaspersky SafeKids
- Bitdefender Parental Control
- Safekiddo Parental Control
- K9 Internet filter
We value your business and strive to provide you and your family the best possible internet experience. Since the 1990's, we have offered optional filtered internet service in one form or another to protect families from harmful materials.
During the 2018 session, the Utah Legislature passed S.B. 134 which requires Internet Service Providers to offer content filtering for materials harmful to minors. The legislation also requires InfoWest to notify you of filtering options available to you.
For many years, InfoWest offered an in-network filtering service called "X-Stop" or "Clean Internet," but that service was recently discontinued as the technology did not keep up with changes and growth of the Internet.
After exploring many available options, InfoWest recently launched a new improved family content filtering solution called FamilyFilter. The service is available at https://familyfilter.us/
FamilyFilter not only filters content for InfoWest subscribers, but can also filter mobile devices (Android and iPhone) that may be used off the InfoWest network. It provides parents options to restrict screen times and the types of content individual devices can access. The service also includes a tool to report on Internet usage.
As InfoWest strives to keep our network up to date with the latest in technologies and standards, most third party filtering software and devices are also compatible with InfoWest Internet service.
For further information on S.B. 134, visit https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title76/Chapter10/76-10-S1231.html.
You may find the need to filter or block content on the internet to provide a safe and secure internet experience for your family. Content filtering can be done many ways but Intellipop recommends using 3rd party services in addition to taking extra steps with your home network in order to provide a safe internet experience. Please visit us at http://www.intellipop.co/contentfiltering/ for more information.
Earlier this year the Utah House updated the law for Content Filtering and Internet Service Providers. Here are the code numbers Utah Code §§ 76-10-1230 to -1231. The updated code that was passed in March of 2018 set guidelines for Internet Service Providers to offer Content Filtering for Customers to use with any minors they have in their house. This filtering is optional and not a requirement.
We at Liberty Broadband are happy to offer any customers that would like this content filtering to be added to their Internet Services to reach out to us.
To provide this content filtering we would connect you with a 3rd Party tool that was developed by another Utah company called Net Nanny. This will allow you to set specific content filters to each individual minor you have in your house. You could also extend this and have it also work on your minors phones\tablets if you should want filtering to be enabled there as well. This tool does have a cost associated for its use and would need to be paid to receive the Content Filtering.
If you would prefer a different Content Filtering tool we are more than happy to work with you to ensure it doesn’t cause any disruptions to your Internet Connection when it is setup.
For the tech savvy customers you could also setup Content Filtering directly on your Router. If you need assistance with that or have questions on it we are more than happy to assist you.
If you have any questions or concerns about the updated rules for Content filtering please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. As a recap content filtering is optional it is not something that is required for your Internet connection if you have a minor.
In accordance with Utah Legislation S.B. 134, LR Communications is referring or suggesting content filtering methods for materials harmful to minors through third-party providers. We are not in the business of monitoring or filtering customers Internet use or access and we feel you, our customers are better informed and capable of making those decisions for yourself. We are happy to provide suggestions and assistance where possible, and appropriate, to you in order for you to filter and control your and your family’s online experience and content.
We do not provide or prefer any specific third-party vendor but we refer customers to some of the following commercially available options that provide reasonable methods of filtering the receipt of material harmful to minors.
Suggested filtering products:
- Circle with Disney – Circle can be used as a hardware only product that connects to your home router and provides content and time based filtering options. Circle also comes loaded on some Netgear routers that do not require any additional hardware. Circle also supports controlling Apple and Android devices regardless of what network they are on with Circle Go.
- Net Nanny – Net Nanny is a software application that loads on computers and devices to filter Apps, websites and content.
- OpenDNS – OpenDNS is a cloud based filtering service that allows you to set filters and controls on devices with the use of DNS based filtering.
The suggested products above or other commercially available products may or may not be compatible with your current router and may require you to obtain your own router or new hardware to make these products work. LR Communications does not and cannot guarantee that any routers provided to our customers will work with these products or methods. We encourage you to research and analyze the appropriate filtering method for your particular needs. If you would like further information regarding how to select and appropriate content filter please call us.
Thank you for being our customer! We hope that you are loving our services, and that they are serving you well.
We all know that the internet has a lot of amazing content…and…well…let’s face it, it also has a lot of NOT-so-amazing content. Because of that we have a service that we provide called FIBERGUARD.
FIBERGUARD is a little white box that you attach to your router that will allow you to filter out the not-so-amazing content that you don’t want in your life. The box itself costs $45 and then there is a very low monthly subscription cost that depends on the package that you choose. To find out more about this awesome product and the costs associate with it go to http://www.manti.com/internet/fiber-guard/ and watch the video to understand how this product can keep you and your loved one’s safe and give you control over what content you allow into your home.
We just wanted to make you aware of the options that you have to make sure that you get the most out of our amazing fiber fast internet. And we wanted to let you know that there is an option to guard you against the not-so-amazing stuff that is out there.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to call us at 435-835-2929 and we will answer them for you.
This letter is sent to you as required by Utah State law SB 134. According to SB 134 I am required to, in a “conspicuous manner,” notify consumers that there are options for blocking harmful materials from minors.
Option 1. OpenDNS Filters
Advantages: This is available through Miles Wireless and filters any system in your home with a predefined filter that blocks the following: Dating, Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, Illegal Downloads, Hat/Discrimination, Lingerie, Nudity, Pornography, Sexuality, Tasteless.
Disadvantages: Only filters traffic at your home and filter all computers in the home.
How to implement the change. Change DNS servers used by your home router to 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11. Call if help is needed to set this up on the router.
Option 2 Disney Circle. https://meetcircle.com/
Advantages: Can filter traffic to any device no matter where they are with Circle Go subscription.
Disadvantages: Circle GO subscription is a monthly fee.
How to implement the change: Purchase Disney Circle available from many retailers.
Cost: $99. The Circle Go subscription is $9.99 per month subscription for up to 10 devices.
Option 3 Net Nanny www.netnanny.com
Advantages: Can filter traffic to most device with installed app no matter where they are.
Disadvantages: App needs to be installed on each device.
How to implement the change: Purchase software from Netnanny.com
Cost: $59.99 for 5 devices is a yearly subscription
You may find the need to protect your family from undesired web content.
While there are many ways to accomplish this, Nebonet suggests using 3rd party services that provide parental controls as well as proper network management and education for your family. While we do not endorse any particular service, here are several options available on the market today:
In accordance with Utah Senate Bill 134, we are required to inform your and the Utah Division of Consumer Protection of available internet content filtering methods to block materials deemed harmful to minors while using our service.
We’ve compiled a list of several solutions available to consumers. Some of these options are hardware-based devices or additional software that can be downloaded on a computer or handheld device. Many of these are free and others have commercial offerings for a one-time payment, or a subscription basis.
Filtering Types and Options:
- Software – Software applications can be installed on a specific device requiring filtering , or a set of devices minors have access to.
- K9 Web Protection – Free- Available on Android, iOS, Windows, and OSX.
- Apple Safari- Free- Available on iOS, and OS X.
- Microsoft Family – Free – Available on Windows and Xbox One.
- Net Nanny – Starting at $39.99 – Avaliable on Android, iOS, Windows, and OS X.
- Qustodio – Starting at $54.95 – Covers 5+ household devices.
- Hardware – Hardware devices provide protection for all devices connected to the home network.
- Circle with Disney - $99 – Available at Amazon, Best Buy and other retails.
- Router Limits - $79.99 – Amazon and Walmart, also built into some brands of routers.
We are not affiliated with any of the companies suggested and do not endorse any specific product, or service.
If you have any questions, you may visit the Utah Department of Commerce , Division of Consumer Protection website at: http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/ for additional information.
If you required assistance choosing an appropriate content filter for your household, please reach out to our start for future assistance.
By order of the Division of Consumer Protection within the Utah Department of Commerce "we" (River Canyon Wireless) are informing "you" (the customer). Pursuant with Utah's SB 134 we offer content filtering services available upon request at no additional charge provided you use a River Canyon Wireless Managed Router. The requirements of this service are as follows:
- You must be an active customer of River Canyon Wireless.
- You must have a managed router provided by River Canyon Wireless. (Managed Routers include a $5 per/month+tax fee and are company owned equipment.)
For more information about Utah's SB 134 please use this link: https://le.utah.gov/~2018/bills/static/SB0134.html
Filtering Service is NOT a requirement for internet service and you are NOT required to use it. If you would like filtering services provided by River Canyon Wireless please contact our office at 435-259-8319 for details. Thank You
Dear SenaWave Customer,
Utah Senate Bill 134 requires we notify our Utah residential customers that they have a right to request their Internet Service Provider to block materials rated as harmful to minors.
Parents often hold differing views on what material they consider harmful, if such material should be blocked, and if so how.
While it's important to educate minors about various Internet hazards and supervise it's use, many parents desire to supplement this electronically.
The following filtering methods vary in ease of implementation, cost, report options, performance, and granularity of control:
- Third-party software installed on end-point devices such as desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices
- Filtering features built in to some Routers and Firewalls
- Network-based filtering services from subscriber's Internet Service Provider or third parties using VPNs
In the first two methods, SenaWave can provide further information on sources of software or devices (see "References" below for examples).
In the third method, SenaWave has an economical Opt-In filtering service powered by NetAngel.
Once subscribed to our filtering service you will receive a login allowing you to control blocking of various predefined categories of content.
Then, when an attempt is made to visit a website hosting harmful material, a block page will be displayed indicating the reason the site was blocked.
The service also permits enforcement of "SafeSearch" on websites such as Google web search & Images, YouTube, and Bing.
Customers not subscribed to this Opt-In service are not affected in any way.
Please contact our Customer Service if you wish to subscribe to our content filtering or have further questions on filtering options and applicability to your needs.
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- Utah State Information on Senate Bill 134:
- https://consumerprotection.utah.gov/consumerinfo/filtering.html (THIS PAGE YOU'RE BROWSING)
- Content Filtering Software and Services:
- Content Filtering Routers:
The Utah Legislature recently passed S.B. 134 modifying the Utah Criminal Code regarding an Internet service provider’s responsibility to offer content filtering methods for materials harmful to minors. Under S.B. 134 customers of Internet service providers now have the right to request that material harmful to minors be blocked. If you wish to have material harmful to minors be blocked, we can connect you to a third party company that offers this service.
Dear Valued Rise Broadband Customer,
Please be advised, the Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Consumer Protection requires Rise Broadband to notify all Utah customers that filtering of Internet material harmful to minors is available to you.
There are several devices available that can manage this filtering for you, however Rise Broadband has partnered with Router Limits to offer our Utah customers peace of mind. The Router Limits device filters content, manages screen time and tracks browsing history. Router Limits is easy to install and provides you with the ability to keep your family safe from harmful internet content.
To find out more about Router Limits or to purchase a Router Limits content management device for your home, please browse to: http://rise.routerlimits.com/.
Your Dedicated Rise Broadband Team
DISCLAIMER: The links provided in this letter will direct you to web pages owned and managed by Router Limits. Rise Broadband is providing these links as a convenience to our customers and we do not control or guarantee the content or accuracy of these sites. Further Rise Broadband does not specifically endorse Router Limits or their products, but is merely referring customers to a third party that provides a method of internet content filtering. For more information please email email@example.com or visit www.rise.routerlimits.com
Protect Your Kids from Unsuitable Web Content Parental controls are available to monitor your kids’ Internet activity and help block access to disturbing websites. To learn how F-Secure SAFE can help keep unsuitable web content from your kids, visit f-secure.com/safe.
The Utah Legislature has recently passed S.B. 134 requiring all Internet Service Providers to offer content filtering for materials harmful to minors. In accordance with this legislation, you as a consumer have the right to request that harmful material be blocked. Wificow is a strong supporter of SB134 not only for moral reasons but because we know it will help keep your system and ours running clean.
Wificow is offering the following filtering packages.
- Standard Filter: $3/month
- Adult Materials and Pornography
- Standard Plus: $3/month
- Adult Materials and Pornography
- Alcohol and Tobacco
- Super Filter: $5/month
- Adult Materials and Pornography
- Alcohol and Tobacco
- Chat and Instant Messaging
- Dating and Personals
- Custom Filter Plan: $10/month
- Personalized account with Personal I/P address and ability to control your own filtering.
Packages will be available October 1st and can simply be added to your bill. However this is NOT automatic and you must opt in so give us a call. Details about our filtering packages and SB134 will be available on our website for any interested parties.
In accordance with Utah Legislation S.B. 134, STRATA Networks is offering or suggesting content filtering methods for materials harmful to minors through third-party providers. STRATA does not provide or prefer any specific third-party vendor but is able to refer customers to commercially available options that do provide a reasonable method of filtering the receipt of material harmful to minors.
- Software: Application installed on device that performs filtering service based on the application features available.
Options include: Net Nanny, Symantec Norton Family, Kaspersky Safe Kids, Circle with Disney, Qustodio
- Hardware: Broadband connected device (e.g. router or modem) that performs filtering service for connected devices based on configurable options included or supported.
Options include: Clean Router, Router Limits, Circle with Disney on Commercial routers
- DNS: Alternative primary and secondary addresses to that of an Internet provider, this alternative service provides benefits of hardware solution without the hardware.
Options include: OpenDNS, SafeDNS, DNSFilter, WebTitan, ChurchDNS
- Internet Proxy: Service that often requires subscribing to and configuring the device(s) to use Internet proxy filters.
Options include: Safe Squid, DansGuardian, GateSentry
- VPN (Virtual Private Network): Subscription based service that connects Internet device(s) to secure virtual private network which filters content based on advertised features and services.
Options include: PureVPN, Curbi
In Accordance with Utah Legislation S.B. 134, STRATA Networks may offer or suggest a content filtering method(s) for materials harmful to minors through third-party providers. For more information please visit https://www.stratanetworks.com/filtering.
Important Information About Union Wireless Internet Service and Material Harmful to Minors
As an internet service provider, Union Wireless provides consumers with internet access through mobile and broadband services. This allows our customers to access the internet on devices such as personal computers, smartphones, tablets, as well as many other devices.
What is content filtering?
Content filtering, in the most general sense, involves using a software or via a hardware-based solution to prevent access to certain online items.
Content filtering options
Content Filtering software, also called Parental Control software, provides a tool to monitor, control, block, and restrict access to harmful material for minors. Additionally, services may also allow customers to:
- Monitor social media usage
- Set restrictions on what personal information may be shared
- Set limits on internet usage such as time-of-day and length-of-use restrictions
You can learn more about what content filtering options are available and read expert reviews at websites such as PC Magazine, CNET, Digital Trends, and many others.
Some popular options for PC-based content filtering available are:
- Net Nanny
Also, you can find apps and reviews for all the mentioned content filtering, available on the Apple iTunes App store and Google Play Store.
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Pursuant to S.B. 134 of the Utah Criminal Code, Veracity Networks, LLC recommends our custoemrs to engage K9 Web Protection, a third-party vendor providing a reasonable method of content filtering, if any of our Utah consumers request content filtering of materials harmful to minors.
Please visit http://www1.k9webprotection.com/ to explore filtering options.
Please go to www.verizonwireless.com/solutions-and-services/content-filters/ to learn more about products that provide parents the ability to limit screen time, block websites, manage apps and games, supervise video content by applying age-appropriate filtering, viewing browsing history and locating or tracking family devices.
Notice to Existing Customers
Here at Viasat, we recognize the importance of providing customers with options to filter internet content that may be harmful to minors. As you may have noticed, many devices today come with parental control features and numerous options are available online. We are emailing you today to let you know of an additional option that is compatible with your Viasat Internet service.
For filtering internet content and enabling parental control features, Viasat recommends using the Viasat Browser. Not only is it the fastest browser over Viasat Internet but there are also several extensions available to provide content filtering and other parental controls.
To download the Viasat Browser, please go to https://browser.viasat.com/. Once you have download and installed the Viasat Browser, please visit this site and select your preferred parental control extension.
Thank you for trusting Viasat with your internet experience, and for being a Viasat customer.
Notice to New Customers
At Viasat, we recognize the importance of providing customers with options to filter internet content that may be harmful to minors. Many devices today come with parental control features and numerous options are available online. Viasat recommends the Viasat Browser. Not only is it the fastest browser over Viasat Internet but there are also several extensions available to provide content filtering and other parental controls. To download the Viasat Browser, please go to https://browser.viasat.com. Once you have downloaded and installed the Viasat Browser, please visit this site and select your preferred parental control extension.
We can all agree on one thing–we all want the best Internet experience! In pursuit of that, we are happy to announce that Vivint Internet will now offer the Circle with Disney to all of our Vivint Internet customers.
As you know, Vivint Internet has put together one of the best Internet services available, and we are committed to continual improvement. In addition to our lighting-fast speeds and award-winning service now, for the first time, we are offering to all of our valued customers a new product that can improve your family’s home Internet experience–Circle™ with Disney. This small device will give you peace of mind, allowing you to filter out material that may be harmful to minors.
This new device will allow you to manage the Internet browsing experience within your home, even when you are not there. Circle with Disney also makes the task of managing your Internet-connected devices easy! Simple to install, Circle with Disney works with your Vivint Wi-Fi and lets you manage every connected device in your home network, both wireless and wired, without the need to download unwanted software.
To place your order, please call 855-881-3385 and tell us you would like to purchase the Circle with Disney for only $89.99. Quantity is limited and prices are subject to change. This offer is valid for current Vivint Internet customers only. Please visit VivintInternet.com for additional information.
In accordance with Utah Legislation S.B. 134, Voonami has compiled a list of different filtering methods. These are services offered by third-party entitites that strive to provide content filtering.
Voonami does not directly provide or prefer any specific method. Depending on the level of filtering you want to put in place, you may require multiple technologies in a layered approach to obtain the level of protection that you desire.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns, we are happy to help.
The Utah Legislature recently passed S.B. 134 modifying the Utah Criminal Code regarding an Internet service provider’s responsibility to offer content filtering methods for materials harmful to minors. Under S.B. 134 customers of Internet service providers now have the right to request that material harmful to minors be blocked. If you wish to have material harmful to minors be blocked, we can connect you to a third party company that offers this service. S.B. 134 can be accessed using the links below for more information.
Data service providers -- Internet content harmful to minors
Content providers -- Material harmful to minors
Concerned that consumers were unaware of content filtering services, the Utah State Legislature recently passed S.B. 134, "Materials Harmful to Minors Amendments." The 2018 amendments mandate that Internet Service Providers "before December 30, 2018, notify in a conspicuous manner all of the service provider's consumers with a Utah residential address that the consumer may request" that the provider itself filter material harmful to minors, or do so by "engaging a third party to provide" filtering services, or by "referring a consumer to a third-party that provides" commercially reasonable filtering services. Utah Code. Ann. 76-10-1231(3)(b).
This email from XMission and the web page it links to below is intended to fulfill the notification requirement under Utah law.
Upon assessing all available options, and the proliferation of various connected devices most families now use, XMission has determined that it is best to provide a web page with detailed information about third party solutions which are readily available, so our customers can determine which options are best for them: