City-County Building employees have been blocked from streaming audio, video and Internet radio online as part of a newly updated traffic-filtering policy.

The building’s information technology board updated its traffic-filtering policy Sunday. Chief Information Technology Officer Beth Howen said the board approved a long list of “categories” that aren’t considered business-productive websites. These include Internet radio, web chats, online audios and videos and personal blogging sites.

Howen also said streaming videos and listening to the radio online takes up a lot of Internet bandwidth.

“It is our job to provide the best possible work environment for all of our customers,” Howen said.

Employees were initially blocked from streaming audios and videos from local media sites. The Indiana Law Blog reported Monday morning that employees were blocked access to its site.

Howen said the law blog technically falls under the banned personal blogging sites category. However, access to the law blog and audio and video on news sites was later restored.

“Our customers have asked that it’s important they be able to stream audio and video (from local media sites) so we have opened those,” Howen said.

Contact Star reporter Kristine Guerra at (317) 444-6209. Follow her on Twitter: @kristine_guerra.

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