Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA)

Two studies commissioned by Congress, “ Youth, Pornography, and the Internet ,” a report published in May 2002 by the National Research Council, and the Final Report of the Child Online Protection Commission (COPA), presented to Congress, October 20, 2000, found that the most effective and least intrusive way to protect our children from objectionable material on the Internet is through online information resources and family education programs.

Information from ALA

Latest Information on CIPA Trial: Press Releases on the CIPA Web Site


The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) went into effect on April 20, 2001. These new laws place restrictions on the use of funding that is available through the Library Services and Technology Act, Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and on the Universal Service discount program known as the E-rate (Public Law 106-554). These restrictions take the form of requirements for Internet safety policies and technology which blocks or filters certain material from being accessed through the Internet.

July 1, 2002, was the deadline for complying with the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) for those libraries receiving 2002 E-rate discounts for Internet access or internal connections.

The three-judge panel from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania declared in their opinion that the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is unconstitutional with respect to public libraries. This does not remove NCIPA as a requirement for public libraries participating in the E-rate program.

Other News and Information

Complying with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (N-CIPA)
“On May 31, 2002, the CIPA filtering mandate for public libraries was declared unconstitutional by a federal district court. The court’s order prevents the government from enforcing the filtering provision . . . The decision affects only public libraries. Schools must still meet CIPA filtering requirements. The Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) is not part of the court’s decision. Libraries and schools receiving E-rate must still have an Internet safety policy that meets NCIPA requirements . . . For most applicants, NCIPA requirements must [have been] met by July 1, 2002.”