Rhode Island Attempting to Get into Porn-Selling Business

Rhode Island appears to want to get into the porn business.  Sure, they won’t see it that way, but really, that is essentially what we’re talking about here.  They have a new bill going through the State Legislature that would require residents of Rhode Island to pay a $20 fee to unlock their computers and allow them to view porn.

I know that you are thinking this must be some far right state trying to pass something like this, but you’d be wrong.  The overwhelmingly Democrat majority in the state senate is pushing this bill, led by Democratic State Senator Frank “I’m an arrogant prick who thinks I should get a cut of that porn cash” Ciccone and his partner in crime, Democratic Senator Hanna “I think I should be able to know who exactly is watching porn and they should pay me to do it” Gallo.

The bill is called “An Act Relating to Public Utilities and Carriers- Internet Digital Blocking.”  The real title of the bill should be “RI Porn Hub” or “State Porn Biz Initiative” because that’s what we’re talking about here.  These megalomaniacs that are actually considering this legislation demonstrate what children you Rhode Islanders are to them, and what sweet cash cows you are as well.

From Arstechnica

$20 porn-unblocking fee could hit Internet users if state bill becomes law

State legislation pending in Rhode Island would force Internet service providers to block “sexual content” by default and charge a one-time fee of $20 to any Internet user who wants to view porn or other “offensive material” online. ISPs would have to hand the money they collect over to the state so it can “help fund the operations of the council on human trafficking.”

The bill was introduced on Thursday by Democratic state Senators Frank Ciccone and Hanna Gallo and is titled “An Act Relating to Public Utilities and Carriers—Internet Digital Blocking.”

ISPs “shall provide… a digital blocking capability that renders inaccessible sexual content and/or patently offensive material as defined in § 11-31-1,” the bill says. Under that state statute, sexual content includes depictions and descriptions of any act of sexual intercourse, whether “normal or perverted, actual or simulated.” Depictions of masturbation are also considered sexual content under this statute.

Given the state’s definition of sexual content, the Ciccone/Gallo bill would force ISPs to block pretty much all pornography, even if it was performed by consenting adults and violates no law.

Separately, the proposed requirement to block “patently offensive material” would include any material that is “so offensive on its face as to affront current standards of decency.”

In addition to blocking a host of legal and/or vaguely defined content, the bill would require blocking of websites that facilitate certain illegal acts. Specifically, the bill extends the required blocking to “any hub that facilitates prostitution” and “websites that are known to facilitate human trafficking.”

The bill would also require blocking of certain content that is clearly illegal, specifically child pornography. Finally, it would require blocking of revenge pornography, whose legal status is less clear.

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