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Free Online Porn Could Be Dead Thanks to the FCC’s Net Neutrality Ruling

Sound the alarms. You can mess with our Netflix, and sure you can ruin our access to cat blogs, but fuck with free online porn? There will be war. But that’s exactly what could happen with the FCC’s recent ruling on net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that your internet service provider (your ISP) can’t change the speed or bandwidth of certain sites. (Everything is “neutral,” get it?) Under net neutrality, it doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at The Washington Post or ultra hardcore free online porn.

But the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to dismantle those rules that insisted the internet be an equal playing ground for websites like Netflix and Pornhub. The man at the helm of this cause is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump-appointed asshat who used to work for Verizon Communications, one of the companies who lobbied strongly for the destruction of net neutrality.

“We are helping consumers and promoting competition,” Pai says. “Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas.”

The porn industry opposes Pai. “Without [net neutrality], the cable and wireless companies that control internet access will have unfair power to pick winners and losers in the market,” Corey Price, Vice President of Pornhub, told VICE’s Motherboard in June.

As Yahoo! points out, porn makes up a massive portion of the world’s online consumption, and most of what’s being consumed is free online porn. Last year, Pornhub viewers alone used 3,110 petabytes of bandwidth. (That’s a lot.)

Of course, free online porn will never completely disappear — it’ll just cost you more to get on and then get off. ISPs will be able to make you pay through the nose for the content you crave, and they’ll also be able to track exactly what you’re watching.

Even if it doesn’t disappear, free online porn could just get a lot more boring. Alternative content like gay porn and fetish content could be controlled more so than mainstream, heteronormative porn. Just imagine: If a company’s president happens to be a homophobic conservative, theres a good chance he could make gay porn a lot harder — and a lot more expensive — for customers to enjoy.

“Fifteen years ago, it was really difficult to find quality fetish content,” Mike Stabile, a spokesperson for the fetish-oriented website Kink.com, said in a written statement. “We were severely restricted by distributors, by billing companies and by limitations in internet speeds. The quickening of the internet has meant that many more people have access, and can reach our content, and thus stop feeling loneliness and shame. When you slow sections of the internet, you’re telling people that some ideas and sexualities and identities are second-class, and you bring that shame back. The internet becomes The Big Vanilla.”

 

What can you do to save free online porn?

There are some things you can do. In addition to spreading the word about the fight, call your Congresspeople and make your wishes known. There’s also something called the Congressional Review Act, which lets Congress nullify actions by government agencies — and to do this, the CRA only requires a simple majority in the House and Senate.

A number of websites like CallYourRep.CoCall My Congress and 5 Calls make it easy to find your representatives’ phone numbers. 5 Calls even provides a script if you’re worried about what to say.

As in life, be polite, but also be firm if you need to be. And even if you’re in a blue state or you know your representative is on the correct side on this issue, call. If your rep knows this is an important issue to constituents, the harder he or she will fight on your behalf.