July 18, 2008

Cable Firms to Block Child Porn Web Sites

Utah and 36 other states have signed a deal with some of the nation's top cable companies in an effort to limit the distribution of child pornography.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's office announced the agreement on Thursday, alongside the attorneys general for other states. Cable operators including Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Communications, Charter Communications and others have agreed to use a database of known child porn trafficking Web sites to block such sites from being hosted on their servers. The database is run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

It will also help refer such sites to the NCMEC and law enforcement for prosecution. The companies offer broadband Internet service and collectively provide Internet access to about 112 million homes.

"All these private companies represent about 90 percent of households and have agreed to take ownership in this and step up and work with law enforcement in a really significant way," Shurtleff said Thursday.

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