Cable Trap Keeps Pornography Out Of Sight


A recent Supreme Court decision has created fear among parents that unsupervised children will have access to 24-hour partially scrambled cable pornography. However, many parents are unaware that they do have rights under another section of that law.

Section 504 of a 1996 federal telecommunications law requires cable suppliers to, "(u)pon request by a cable service subscriber ... without charge, (to) fully scramble or otherwise fully block" any channel the subscriber does not wish to receive.

Cable subscribers should merely call the customer service number identified on their monthly bill and request the installation of a free "trap" to fully scramble pornographic channels. The court believes this is an appropriate remedy for cable subscribers who do not wish to contend with "signal bleed" that makes the sights and sounds of adults having sex available in homes that have not ordered pornography. The Center for Arizona Policy highly recommends that parents request the installation of this "trap." Numerous studies document the detrimental effects of repeated exposure to pornography, especially for children. Now that this court case will allow cable companies to transmit partially scrambled pornography into your home 24 hours a day, the risks of exposure for children are much higher.

Ken Karouzos, Legislative coordinator for the Center For Arizona Policy

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