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RI bill would allow blocking pornography, offensive material from web

Internet service providers would have to block adult content to a particular computer if the owner requested it under a new law proposed by Rhode Island Sen. Frank A. Ciccone. (WJAR)

Internet service providers would have to block adult content to a particular computer if the owner requested it under a new law proposed by Rhode Island Sen. Frank A. Ciccone.

Reports about the proposed legislation suggested Rhode Islanders would have to pay to view adult content, but Ciconne told NBC 10 News that’s incorrect.

“The bill does not require anyone to pay a fee for the block. It’s something that the company would automatically do,” said Ciconne, a Democrat who represents Providence and North Providence.

There would be a fee if the owner later wants to remove the block on adult material.

“If you block it and at some later date you want to unblock it, because the child is no longer at home or some other reason, then there’s a $20 fee,” Ciconne said.

He went on to say that 44 other states already have such a law, and that his intent is only to help prevent human trafficking.

However, when initial reports about the bill stated that it would charge people to look at X-rated material, Ciccone said his co-sponsor on the bill received nasty feedback.

“That created a stir yesterday and actually the co-sponsor of the bill received numerous emails that called her names that were not dignified and I was somewhat shocked and felt sorry for her,” he said.

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