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Rhode Island wants its resident to pay $20 for free internet porn

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Free internet is one of the best things in the world, and free porn comes with that package. Some politicians feel that porn is too free and too accessible, especially legislators in Rhode Island. Rhode Island legislators introduced a bill that would require state residents to pay a $20 fee to access internet porn.

Rhode Island state senators Frank Ciccone and Hanna Gallo introduced a law that would require ISPs operating in Rhode Island to block sites that display “sexual content” or are found to be “offensive.” The bill is supposed to prevent children under the age of 18 from accessing porn and adult content. If the bill goes through, a person under the age of writing must request a written letter that the block be lifted.

Potential porn consumers will be subject to a written warning explaining that making adult content available to teens and children can create potential dangers. I’m pretty sure it’s more damaging for teens to not explore their sexuality. What teenager has not “stumbled” onto a porn site?

There has been no written rule book on what is accepted and what leads to something being labeled as “adult content.” I could see how this would be a problem if the law is too vague. For instance, if I look up shirtless pictures of Chris Evans, will that be labeled as “adult content”? What about nude art? What about films that feature nudity?

Last year’s repeal of net neutrality unfortunately makes Rhode Island’s ISP block and price-gouging legal. We may not see Rhode Island’s law put into place, but be prepared to see more of these bills appearing in the future.

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