From: Neil Matkin [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003
To: List - Library; List - Library
System Directors; List - Library Directors; List - Library Fiscal Agents
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;
Subject: [Libsysdir] Filtering
The ICN has
received many questions regarding the recent Supreme Court decision that the
Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is constitutional. Specifically, ICN
connected libraries are concerned about how this ruling will impact them in
light of the ICNís participation in the E-rate program. The Federal
Communications Commissionís order on July 23, 2003 regarding the Childrenís
Internet Protection Act indicates that libraries must undertake efforts in
Funding Year 2003 (July 2003 through June 2004) to be in compliance with the
filtering requirements. Compliance with CIPA must occur by July 1, 2004 in order
to be eligible for E-rate discounts. Please note, however, that library CIPA
compliance is a local decision. Libraries can still belong to the ICN
regardless of their decision.
Following is a
brief overview of the ICNís E-rate application process.
ICNís E-rate Application Process:
The ICN does
apply for E-rate funds under the Internet Services category for which CIPA
applies. However, the ICN only includes in its application those E-rate
eligible entities that are in compliance with all program rules including CIPA.
consortium, the ICN is eligible to apply for E-rate funds based on its
expenditures for services directly provided to E-rate eligible/compliant
constituents. The ICNís participation in the E-rate program does not impose
any requirements on constituents that do not meet the program requirements.
for E-rate funds, the ICNís first step is to identify connected constituents
eligible for the program. The ICN sends these constituents an E-rate Letter of
Agency (LOA) form requesting their permission to include them in the ICNís
application. This form also requires the constituent to certify its compliance
with CIPA as it applies to them. If a school or library does not comply with
CIPA, they can mark ďOur organization is unable to certify compliance as
described within this document.Ē These constituents will not be included in
the ICNís application and will not be impacted by the program requirements.
The constituent remains eligible for ICN services regardless of the
constituentís decision on CIPA compliance. For those libraries who have
already submitted an LOA form certifying program compliance for Funding Year
2003, ICN staff will be contacting you to complete a new form in light of the
new program requirements.
Once the ICN
has identified eligible constituents, staff calculates the amount of the
backbone networkís utilization attributable to the eligible constituents. In
turn, this determines the costs that can be considered for reimbursement.
The next step
is to determine the ICNís reimbursement level based upon the average free and
reduced lunch count of all constituents included in the application.
reimbursement request is calculated using the network costs for eligible
constituents and the average discount level. Please keep in mind that costs
and discount levels for constituents unable to certify compliance on the LOA
are never included in these calculations.
The ICN does not
require schools and libraries to filter in order to participate in the network.
A centralized filtering service is, however, available for those constituents
who choose to filter. In addition, constituents choosing to filter are not
obligated to use the ICNís filtering solution. There are many filtering
products on the market. Constituents should select the solution that is most
appropriate for their needs and budget.
ICN Filtering Options:
provides two filtering solutions, centralized and local. In each case,
administration of the filtering is done by the constituent or their designee.
Complete information can be found at
Centralized Filtering seeks to provide a quality filtering solution for
constituents who wish to filter, but prefer to avoid purchasing and
maintaining premise equipment. With ICN centralized filtering, all the
hardware and software is owned and maintained by the ICN. Constituents
administer filtering for their institution via a web-based administration
tool. Fees are required from constituents who choose to use this service in
order to recover ICNís cost to provide it. More information about ICN
centralized filtering is available at the link above or by contacting your
local Regional Technology Center.
The ICN has
also established master contracts for distributed (access site) filtering
solutions. These systems are able to provide constituents with filtering
appliance solutions that operate at the constituentís site. ICN constituents
can purchase these products directly from the vendors at ICNís discounted
prices. Additional information about these solutions can be obtained by going
to the link above.
The ICN respects
the constituents connected to the network and believes it is extremely important
that filtering decisions be made by each organization rather than the ICN. Our
goal is to provide the highest quality of service to our constituents. Please
feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance.