Texas Proposes Filtering Rest Stop Wi-Fi

By: nart on 22 April 2005

The Register describes proposed Texas legislation to prevent Internet users at rest stops from browsing "obscene" material on the 'Net. The bill also applies to prisons and county jails, but not educational institutions. "Obscene material" is defined by Section 43.21 of the penal code:

"Obscene" means material or a performance that:
(A) the average person, applying contemporary
community standards, would find that taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest in sex;
(B) depicts or describes:
(i) patently offensive representations or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated, including sexual intercourse, sodomy, and sexual bestiality; or
(ii) patently offensive representations or descriptions of masturbation, excretory functions, sadism, masochism, lewd exhibition of the genitals, the male or female genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal, covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state or a device designed and marketed as useful primarily for stimulation of the human genital organs; and
(C) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary,
artistic, political, and scientific value.