After a roughly six-month hiatus, Nogales library patrons can once again surf the web wirelessly on their personal computers. The service returned Thursday afternoon.
Jose Contreras, IT director for the City of Nogales, said the service was cut after provider CenturyLink told officials that some users were illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted material at the library. Several adjustments to the web filter used at the library proved insufficient to address the problem and, eventually, the city decided to simply pull the plug.
The city started receiving emails from CenturyLink early last year warning officials about illegal activity, including the downloading of episodes of hit HBO shows "True Detective" and "Boardwalk Empire," and the possibility of termination of service if the violations continued. Contreras said the city has been installing a new wireless system in recent weeks.
"With the new equipment we're going to put on a much better filter and it should resolve that issue," Contreras said.
The new web filter is made by the company EdgeWave, Contreras added.
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