SurfControl refutes Reg allegation
No 'scare marketing' whatsoever
Back in April we had a letter from one Jim Salter regarding SurfControl's 'scare marketing'. It included the following :
I just read your article regarding the boost in SurfControl software. You may not be aware of the recent legislation by the US government requiring filtering software for schools and libraries in order to get Federal funding. This funding is known as e-rate and can be from 50-90% of the cost of Internet service. For example, a T-1 is easily $900 or more per month. Under the e-rate program, I can get my school a T-1 Internet connection for $350 per month.
We've just received this reply from SurfControl Marketing Manager Martino Corbelli:
I read your article with interest "SurfControl's scare marketing". Our friend did make a very interesting comment which we actually uphold. We do not think legislation should be used to implement filtering software. He suggests that this is our own breed of scare marketing when in fact we have nothing to do with it and actively lobbied in the States against this decision being made.
I would like to stress that SurfControl do not support any legislation that states filtering software 'must' be implemented in schools and libraries. We would rather this was done the same way that all software is normally purchased and that is at the discretion of the buyer without having rules imposed on them in this way.