Optus pledged support for the government's ISP filter in a statement yesterday, claiming that the policy was consistent with the telco's belief that "the internet should be a place where Australians can browse and express themselves freely and safely".
"Optus has always supported measures that will protect its customers from illegal content, and give greater peace of mind to those using the internet," said Optus director of Government and Corporate Affairs, Maha Krishnapillai. "This initiative supports the blocking of access to the worst types of online content such as child abuse and sexual violence."
In the statement, Optus claimed that the filter would not have an adverse effect on internet speed.
"Through its participation in the government's filtering pilot, Optus confirmed that it is technically feasible to block a finite list of illegal content without significant impact on the customer's experience or network performance," said Krishnapillai.
The telco believes that the mandatory blocking of refused classification (RC) content is important.
"But (it) must be complemented with a broader government approach to cyber-safety and the protection of children on the internet, including initiatives to promote education, awareness and counselling," said Krishnapillai.
According to the statement, Optus has been in talks with the government and other major ISPs and will be involved in further consultations around the implementation of the filter.
"Optus acknowledges that it is the government's responsibility to strike a balance between protecting Australians' desire for freedom of expression and access to information, with the need to improve online safety and limit access to illegal RC content," said Krishnapillai.
Optus has declined to comment further on this matter.