Free Speech Coalition

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About a year ago, the Freespeech Coalition (FSC) warned us about ways in which a conservative administration could utilize legislation and deregulation to censor adult entertainment business.

FSC is calling on its members to object and actively oppose the recent move by the FCC to dismantle Title 2 protections, more commonly known as net neutrality.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted early last month to dismantle rules regulating the businesses that connect everyone of us to the internet.

As result of this vote, which likely will be challenged in federal courts, permits ISPs the authority to potentially reshape online experiences in the United States.

A vote passed by the commission in a 3-2 party-line vote, with Democrats voting against the repeal and Republicans voting for it.

The FCC put a halt to net neutralist regulations that prohibited service providers to block certain websites or change higher quality service fee for certain types of content. The United States government will no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if the service were a utility.

Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the FSC said that without net neutrality, the landscape for the adult landscape will drastically change. This impact will reach sexual health educators, adult consumers, production studios, and performers.

“We warned after the election last year that we would see massive infringements on our freedoms and sadly — we were right,” said Leue, who warns the adult entertainment business industry. 

The industry is now likely to see attempts to slowly segregate or just straight up block adult content on networks, just as we have seen it on popular social platforms such as Facebook or YouTube, or similar online advertising marketplaces. We have seen it on app stores such as iTunes and Google Adwords. Financial institutions also exclude the industry from banking and credit cards.

Leue also said that their battle is not yet over “We will be working with our partners at organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the ACLU to preserve the rights of not only adult consumers, but of those who believe that a free internet is central to innovation and democracy.”

Adult industry attorney Corey Silverstein told XBIZ that after today's vote, we can only wait and see what will happen.

Silversteins says that everyone knew this was going to happen and now it has really happened. He doesn’t expect any lawsuits to be file immediately, but he is quite certain that as the large Internet Service Providers begins to alter their policies and strategies with the handcuff of net-neutrality being gone, the lawsuit will surely follow.

“ISPs now have an entirely new way to increase their profits by selling faster access speeds to select websites, and I don’t think they are going to wait too long to start cashing in on their new revenue stream,” Silverstein said

Original article found on XBIZ