Ciccone bill calls for $20 fee to turn porn sites back on

Ciccone bill calls for $20 fee to turn porn sites back on

PROVIDENCE – Sen. Frank Ciccone, a Democrat serving District 7 in Providence and North Providence, has introduced legislation requiring internet service providers to provide the capability, if a consumer requests, to block sexual content and "patently offensive material" on the internet. If the consumer wishes to unblock the content after requesting the block, a fee of $20 would be applied, and revenue would be used to fund the Council on Human Trafficking.

“Everyone knows the internet can be a harmful and dangerous environment for our children," said Ciccone in a statement. "Our kids now have easy access to materials that no child should be viewing, such as pornography and other highly offensive or disturbing material. The purpose of this legislation is to first and foremost protect our children from viewing websites that could have possible detrimental effects to their psyches and developmental process. And I want to be clear, the intent of this bill is to require that digital blocks on this kind of material be available to parents if they so choose to use it."

Ciccone notes that the bill is a work in progress and that several changes may be made to the legislation to address questions about the intent of the legislation and the technical capabilities needed to institute the law if passed by the General Assembly.