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C.I.P.A. Resources

The following is an overview of the Children's Internet Protection Act (C.I.P.A.) as published by the SLD. For additional detailed guidance on the requirements for recipients of service and for Billed Entities under the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) visit the CIPA section of the SLD web site.

"The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was signed into law on December 21, 2000. Under CIPA, no school or library may receive discounts unless it certifies that it is enforcing a policy of Internet safety that includes the use of filtering or blocking technology (see below). This Internet Safety Policy must protect against access, through computers with Internet access, to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or (in the case of use by minors) harmful to minors. The school or library must also certify that it is enforcing the operation of such filtering or blocking technology during any use of such computers by minors. The law is effective for Funding Year 4 (07/01/2001 to 06/30/2002) and for all future years. Schools and libraries receiving only Telecommunications Services are excluded from the requirements of CIPA.

For the first Funding Year (Funding Year 4 for Year 4 applicants), applicants must certify on their Form 486 either that they are in compliance with CIPA, or that they are undertaking actions to put into place an Internet Safety Policy and to procure the filtering or blocking technology. For the second year (for most applicants, Funding Year 5), they must certify on their Form 486 that they are in compliance with CIPA in order to receive universal service discounts. However, if state or local procurement rules or regulations or competitive bidding requirements prevent the making of the required CIPA certifications, applicants may seek a waiver and provide notification that they will be in compliance before the start of the third Funding Year (for most applicants, Funding Year 6.) In general, local communities are responsible for determining what constitutes prohibited material and appropriate actions by schools and libraries."