Amtrak Addresses Blocking of Gay News Sites

Published Date Author: , October 27th, 2011

Amtrak confirmed today that it is conducting a soft launch of free WiFi service on its Northeast Regional trains, which include those serving Washington, DC. WiFi is already available on its Acela trains, some regional trains on the west coast and at select stations. Amtrak is expect to provide a formal update next week about its expansion efforts.

Christina Leeds, a media representative for Amrak, also acknowledged reports that some websites, such as the one for the Seattle Gay News, were being blocked by the third-party automated system that is employed by the organization to filter inapproriate content. However, Leeds explained that the system is not perfect and that passengers are given the option – and “encouraged” – to report a site that they believe is being incorrectly blocked.

In the case of the Seattle Gay News’s website, www.sgn.org, Amtrak did receive notices that that particular site was being filtered, the site was reviewed and is now available.

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