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KSL wishes an Orem company, ThinkAtomic, the best in its innovative effort to combat Internet porn.

The firm’s high-tech experts have put together a nonprofit organization called CP80 to advance their idea.

They propose using the existing Internet infrastructure of ports and protocols to categorize all web content into channels, which would become available by subscription. It’s a lot like what’s currently done with cable or satellite TV. Porn, then, would have its own designated channel, available only by specifically signing up for it.

As envisioned, it would protect innocent Internet users, especially children, from inadvertently accessing smut.

CP80 is not an attempt to censor anyone as much as a means to allow for freedom of choice. And that is why this idea may fly, where others have failed. Free speech issues are squarely addressed.

Experts say the concept is valid. The technology, they say, already exists. What’s needed now is help from Uncle Sam. Laws and regulations need to be passed to address key issues, to assign web content, including porn, to specific ports, and to provide for consumer recourse when violations occur.

As the Internet matures, KSL believes creative ways can be found to protect society, especially children, from its dark, insidious side. CP80, it seems, offers some intriguing possibilities for accomplishing that.

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