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Adult Content on Community Networks
While there’s no perfect choice here, there is this reality: Even if Fibrant declined to offer these channels, it would still be a conduit for pornography, just like any other Internet provider. The online world is awash in porn, with literally hundreds of millions of websites available. Rather than suggest Fibrant should assume the role of blocking access to such sites — an intervention that would rightfully provoke civil-liberties outrage — subscribers fully expect to decide for themselves what online sites they will patronize or shun. The same should hold true for their TV viewing options.On the flip side, an opponent of carrying adult content on Fibrant's TV services noted that the community makes the rules for itself and they can simply decide that adult content is inappropriate in their community. One philosophical problem with this approach is that the U.S. has a strong tradition, embodied in the Bill of Rights, of protecting speech -- and that included everything from dollars to videos nowadays. Nevertheless, the reason is sound: to protect the minority from the majority. Communities could just as easily choose to ban all violent content… or content that does not directly represent certain religious views. Liberal communities may ban Fox News, and Boston could ban MLB for showing the Yankees winning the penant. Rather than banning some content, it seems that the best approach has been broadly allowing content and letting individuals making those choices of what to view themselves. Nonetheless, we do believe these are important conversations in which communities should engage. Communities that are considering building networks and offering services directly should figure out what television carriage policy they will use. Who will ultimately make the decisions? Staff? A citizen committee? A city council that allows day-to-day politics to influence decisions? An appointed board that is somewhat removed from the pressures of politics?
In 2020, New York City officials unveiled a massive new broadband proposal they promised would dramatically reshape affordable broadband access in the city.
Instead, the program has been steadily and quietly dismantled, replaced by a variety of costly half-measures that critics say don’t solve the actual, underlying cause of expensive, substandard broadband.
“While most of us take a high-speed Internet connection for granted, many living in rural areas feel disconnected,” states North Carolina television station WRAL’s new documentary, “Disconnected.” The documentary features local officials, healthcare professionals, small business owners, and families from across the state discussing the importance of high-quality broadband access and the struggle to connect rural areas.