Denver Airport Censors Free Wi-Fi Network

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News Posted: Thu, Mar 6 2008 11:10 PM

It's free, so do they have the right to censor it?

Officials have blocked access to content they deem provocative on the airport's free Wi-Fi service.

The Denver Post points out that some of those questionable sites include, Vanity Fair, the gossip column perezhilton.com, the hipster-geek site boingboing.net, and photos from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Of course, hard copies of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue are displayed on newsstands in the airport along with issues of Penthouse and Hustler.

But the airport's spokesman Chuck Cannon told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he would rather "weather infrequent complaints about access than handle angry parents whose children might see pornography." The airport started blocking various sites when the service became free in November. Previously, users had to pay a fee to access Wi-Fi.

How do you readers feel?  Would you rather pay than face blocked sites?




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If I really must look at such things in an airport, there's something terribly wrong and I might want to seek help. Besides, there's no privacy in an airport. What they did is completely reasonable.

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Kamrooz replied on Fri, Mar 7 2008 9:15 AM

 Heck, it's free?..Why complain. I really doubt I'll feel the need to head over to BumpedBackBooties.com (not a real site..I checked just to be safe...rofl).

I agree though, a large majority of parents are just really off the deep end now-a-days...Blaming everything they can point their fingers too. Smart movie imo. 

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I dunno guys -- I know some people that work at public safety here on my college campus. They say they catch people all the time on campus/library computers looking (and sometimes um...doing other stuff) at inapproprite sites-- I suppose it would be these types of people that would be outraged at such a policy change hm?

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JeffB replied on Fri, Mar 7 2008 9:24 AM
Bottom line, it's free. If you don't like it, you are more than welcome to subscribe to a data plan from your cell phone company for $100 a month if you prefer. The owner can do whatever they want and if you don't like, you are welcome to seek an alternative. Sometimes I think people are just not happy unless they have something to complain about.
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frg1 replied on Fri, Mar 7 2008 9:48 AM

he is right its free unlike what comcast is doing with bittorrentthat is what makes me mad 

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