Thursday, December 4, 2008

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FCC: Down to the Wire on Porn-Free Broadband

The Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is getting in the holiday spirit by urging his agency to give Americans an unexpected present this Christmas-free broadband Internet. For the past two years, FCC boss Kevin Martin has backed a plan that would use a bundle of inactive airwaves for wireless service across the U.S. Sweetening the deal for parents is Martin's condition that the broadband not only be fee-free but porn-free.

Assuming the vote passes at the FCC's December 18 meeting, the winning bidder on the project must agree to install a filter that blocks adult content. Critics have pounced on the idea, complaining that Martin's family-friendly plan violates Americans' right to smut. Hardly, FRC argues, since users still have the option of paying for a service of their choice or removing the filter once they have proven to be 18 years of age. For parents burdened by web fees and cautious about Internet sleaze, the proposal is a win-win.

FRC has been supportive of the idea since it was developed and presented to Martin, and our team will continue to work with the administration to see it through. However, if the project does not have the support of at least three of the five commissioners on December 18, the issue may not be raised again before the agency switches hands.

Join us in nudging FCC Commissioners Deborah Taylor Tate (202-418-2500), Michael Copps (202-418-2000), Jonathan Adelstein (202-418-2300), and Robert McDowell (202-418-2200) to support Martin's plan by contacting their offices.

Tony Perkins
Family Research Council Action