Utah’s governor, Jon Huntsman, recently announced his support of CP80. Championed by SCO’s chairman, Ralph Yarro III, CP80 is a measure to force all adult content to be removed from port 80 to make content filtering easier. CP80 would require official content censors to moderate the Internet for taste. This will be a daunting task considering in 2006, the global porn industry reaped more than $97 billion in reported revenue while dominating 25% of all web searches for its 420 million webpages.
Network ports are used to differentiate end points of traffic and are technically arbitrary in use, although standards exist defining which basic services exist on particular ports. Such a measure would serve only to complicate domestic networking as Utah’s bills will not likely bear any weight to the international community’s network policies.
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