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Net neutrality’s impact on free porn could be significant, experts say

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What is net neutrality?

A vote by the Federal Communications Commission on December 14, 2017 will decide on the fate of net neutrality. But what is it?

The FCC’s decision on Thursday to kill net neutrality rules that guarantee equal access online to all types of content will likely reshape the multibillion dollar porn industry in the coming years.

It is difficult to overestimate how much porn is consumed online. Last year Pornhub viewers only watched about 91 billion videos and there were a total of 44,000 visits to the site per hour.

But now that internet service providers will be able to determine which users have access to and charge a range of prices on the basis of the type of content that can change.

Pornhub and similar sites have been vocal about the fight against the repeal of net neutrality.

“Without [net neutrality], the cable and wireless companies that have internet access have unfair power to choose the winners and losers in the market.”

– Corey Price, VP of Pornhub

“Without [net neutrality], the cable and wireless companies that have internet access have unfair power to pick winners and losers in the market,” Corey Price, vice president of Pornhub, told Motherboard.

The changes will have an impact on a person’s ability to watch porn and to upload their own pornographic content.

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Alex Hawkins, a spokesman from xHamster, told Life Site News the withdrawal would favor the online promotion of a “heteronormative version of sexuality.”

The end of net neutrality will align the AMERICAN market with the more conservative regimes all over the world, not only in terms of porn, but also ideas about sexuality, Hawkins said.

Protesters in favor of net neutrality holds signs at an event in New York City.

(Reuters)

Although it is not likely that porn would ever disappear, it may cost more. Several states, including South Dakota, Virginia and Utah, have stated that porn is a “public health crisis.”

Despite the FCC’s 3-2 vote, several member states plan to file lawsuits to restore net neutrality rules, and some Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to do so as well.

 

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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