Hospital District Wi-Fi: Out Magazine Barred, Marlboro.com Just Fine
Relax: You can get your Out on now
We received an e-mail from someone who was sitting in the waiting room at LBJ Hospital while his partner was getting treated.
LBJ is part of the Harris County Hospital District, and it offers wi-fi in the waiting room.
" I tried to access an article on Out.com and I got this page (telling me that gay and lesbian content is not allowed on HCHD's network," he wrote. "This is not 'adult content' - I just wanted to find out about James Dean's secret gay past!"
Out magazine and its website, of course, are respected mainstream outlets that would be rated no worse than PG by anyone who doesn't freak out at the mere thought of gayness.
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 3PM-8PM
TicketsWed., Mar. 29, 3:00pm
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 10AM-3PM
TicketsThu., Mar. 30, 10:00am
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 10AM-6PM
TicketsSun., Apr. 2, 10:00am
Rice Owls Men's Baseball vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Men's Baseball
TicketsFri., Apr. 7, 6:30pm
The e-mailer noted "One more thing -- HCHD WILL let me access marlboro.com on their network, a website dedicated to smoking."
We contacted the district, and to their credit they admitted they'd made a mistake.
Bryan McLeod said:
We have an IT Security Department that oversees access and content activity on our network. We brought this concern to them and we reviewed what type of content was being filtered by the software they employ, which uses fairly broad categories such as "gay, lesbian and bisexual," "gambling," "general news," "pornography," "social networking," etc. to monitor and exclude or allow content to pass through our network.
As of 6 p.m. yesterday that filter setting was changed to permit Out Magazine (out.com) access for both employees and visitors (two different wi-fi systems), as it was confirmed to be, as you coined it, "rated PG".
Of course, there's still a lot of mainstream-ish, innocuous sites out there that could fall under the "gay, lesbian and bisexual" category, but it's a start.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Houston, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.