The documents for the trustee meeting in Elma are online, and there’s one interesting thing to note on the agenda. We’re likely to discuss the current status of the Bradburn vs. North Central case, which is going into its next phase.
The federal district court has scheduled a hearing on October 19 for oral arguments in response to the state Supreme Court decision last year. The state court ruled that NCRL’s filtering policy of filtered internet access all the time was allowed under the state constitution. Now, the federal court will consider the state’s decision before making their final ruling. Of course, we could have several more rounds before this is finally settled.
Since then, my opinion on this case hasn’t changed much. Now isn’t a good time to make a change in our internet policy, since even the decision by a district court won’t settle the case. I don’t want to revisit our policy each time another court makes another decision. Timberland’s policy is different (more open) than NCRL’s, but it is legal and I think it works.