Silly FCC, the Internet is for Porn!

There has been talk lately from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin about auctioning certain bands of airwaves to use for Nation-Wide Free Public Internet.

Bloggers everywhere (but mostly those in cow towns) are rubbing their grubby little mitts together at this very second dreaming about it.  Unfortunately, Martin included a catch – the free public Internet can’t show any porn.

Wait, what?

The one thing you learn in any business is that people will sometimes use your product for the damnedest things.  Things you never even imagined.  I’ve heard these termed “bar bet” features, because that’s invariably where they pop-up.  “I bet you $50 I can blah blah blah with this product.”  $50 and an astonished jaw-drop later, you have a “bar bet” feature.

Porn, which by the way, is a nearly $100 BILLION INDUSTRY with more than$57 Billion of that coming from the net alone, is the ultimate “bar bet” feature.  Every second, $3,000 is being spent on porn.  The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink.  1/4th of all Internet searches are for adult material.

So, uhm… Mr. Martin – how successful do you think free Internet will be if you cut out a quarter of the reason people go to the net?

Sad but true, the Internet, and providing a connection to it, is a business.  Businesses don’t always look at “best case” – filtering out porn isn’t in their top 10 lists, because it’s really freakin lucrative.  I personally would rather see fewer wankers in the library and enable a free, porn-funded Internet connection extended to every house in America than to allow the chance for increased knowledge and accessibility to the masses to slip away over some measly knockers.  Besides, I need the readers! Of course, I don’t know how much knowledge you’ll actually get out of one bloodshot eye and typing with one carpal-tunnel mangled hand.

I think the greater good in this case definitely takes precedence, but then again, you’ve seen my site.  One thing can be certain, though – it will be a great day in America when ruralites and urbanites alike can come together and read my blog on free broadband!

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