$20 porn-unblocking fee could hit Internet users if state bill becomes law

State legislation pending in Rhode Island would force Internet service providers to block “sexual content” by default and charge a one-time fee of $20 to any Internet user who wants to view porn or other “offensive material” online. ISPs would have to hand the money they collect over to the state so it can “help fund the operations of the council on human trafficking.”

The bill was introduced on Thursday by Democratic state Senators Frank Ciccone and Hanna Gallo and is titled “An Act Relating to Public Utilities and Carriers—Internet Digital Blocking.”