Rhode Island Is Considering A $20 Online Porn Fee For Residents
Watching porn could start to cost you. Rhode Island’s legislature proposed a bill that would prevent Internet users from watching porn unless they pay a one-time fee of $20. If passed the bill would also block illegal sites that facilitate revenge porn, child pornography, prostitution and human trafficking.
State legislators say the fees collected would help fund operations on human trafficking. In addition to paying a small fee, the bill will also require consumers to submit a request in writing to prove they’re 18 years of age or older and acknowledge the potential danger or deactivating the digital blocking capability.
Currently it’s against FCC regulation for an Internet service provider to black lawful content. So, if passed, the new law would likely get some pushback. The bill has referred to the State Judiciary Committee, but it’s hard to say if it’ll be successful, as a law similar to this was proposed in Virginia but it didn’t pass. Although it seems like a good implementation against illegal and inappropriate sites, there will likely be plenty of people who aren’t keen on the idea of paying for porn they not get for free, albeit only once. But we’ll see if they can succeed where Virginia couldn’t.