Rhode Island Proposes Blocking All Online Porn And Charging $20 To Unblock It

Submitted by: fancylad 3 months ago in News & Politics Tech


Lawmakers in Rhode Island introduced a new bill in March that would impose a $20 fee on state residents who access online pornographic material.

The bill, which was introduced by Democratic state senators Frank Ciccone and Hanna Gallo, would require all internet service providers operating within the state to automatically block "sexual content and/or patently offensive material."

According to Rhode Island state law "patently offensive material" is defined anything that is "so offensive on its face as to affront current standards of decency." No additional clarification is provided, making the potential law a wide-ranging block of online content.

The content restriction would be the default mode of operation for internet service providers. In order to opt out of the state-mandated censorship, citizens of Rhode Island would have to pay a $20 fee.

On behalf of all my fellow masturbators in Rhode Island: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Source: Reason
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Male 3,755
To lawmakers everywhere here in the States: Freedom. Ever hear of it?
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Male 641
And yet again, the porn industry stands at the front line protecting our freedoms.
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Male 5,889
This means someone in Rhode Islands government would have the job of checking EVERY porn site on the internet to see if it should be on the ban list or not.

I wonder how many applicants they would get for that job.
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Male 16,967
Aka the "porn tax"
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Male 9,046
Oh Democrats, way to act like Republicans!
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Male 600
normalfreak2 As a resident of Massachusetts (although not a masshole) it always seems strange to me how the Dems always seem to want to ban things (or put a tax on them - OR BOTH)
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Male 938
LOL! Good luck with that.

https://www.computerworld.com.au/slideshow/342549/pirate-party-how-bypass-great-australian-firewall/

Side note: they packed it in and gave up, after realizing they did absolutely nothing - apart from hemorrhage money!
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Male 5,889
Its always fascinating to watch political suicide as it unfolds.
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3,207
First of all, lol at thinking you can actually block something on the internet. Second, if this does pass (it wont) some group some where will sue for violation of the 1st and win. 
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Male 4,848
skypirate "First of all, lol at thinking you can actually block something on the internet."

Hold my beer...

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Male 9,575
"sexual content and/or patently offensive material."

Seems a small price to pay to protect our children from such offensive material as this...

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3,207
megrendel So is this now considered pay-per-view? 
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Male 4,848
I smell a rise in VPN usage in RI if this passes...
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Male 42,981
Female lawmakers might vote for this but I'm guessing the pervy male 
population of the state senate will not let it pass.

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Female 5,557
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Male 1,940
Gerry1of1 I know one thing, he wasn’t thinking of Miss Piggy.
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Male 4,848
Gerry1of1 I thought you didn't like the behind the scenes of the Muppets ;)
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