UTA testing new internet system, web filter

UTA testing new internet system, web filter

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Transit Authority is testing a new internet system and web filter on FrontRunner.

UTA spokesperson Gerry Carpenter tells KSL Newsradio this is a technology upgrade that could save money from the current system UTA is using. The new Barracuda system also would provide more features to help improve communication systems between UTA's fleet, as well as providing better filtering.

Carpenter says when UTA first started testing the new filter, it received some complaints that the filter was configured too aggressively. Some customers complained they weren't being allowed to access online computer games.

Carpenter says UTA has been refining the settings and recommends if people have complaints to let UTA know through customer service numbers.

UTA plans to expand the new internet system to express buses in the coming months. Carpenter says UTA doesn't track what people are using the Wi-Fi system for, but it receives anecdotal accounts that many people use the system to listen to sporting events or play games online.

Last month UTA approved new rules regarding inappropriate use of its system. The UTA Board of Trustees approved an ordinance May 27 which targets people viewing pornography, gambling or gaming websites using UTA's web service. Transit police can issue a $300 fine for the first violation and a $500 fine for repeat offenders.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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