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Oklahoma's University Internet Use Policy

University of Oklahoma's internet access policy upheld: Judgment has been entered in favor of the defendant in Loving v. Boren, a federal action brought against the University of Oklahoma by one of its professors. The professor claimed a violation of his right to free speech due to the University's policy of restricting access to certain newsgroups considered potentially obscene under Oklahoma law. The judge disagreed, holding that recent changes in the access policy mooted any first amendment claims. Under the current arrangement, the University provides two servers: The "A" server provides unconditional access to all portions of the internet, and is intended for recreational use; the "B" server filters out certain "obscene" newsgroups, and only academic use is permitted. Users must also be 18 or older to use the "B" server.

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