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In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Ed Vaizey, the nation's minister for culture, communications and creative industries, said he may ask Internet service providers to cut off access to Internet pornography sites. The move, Vaizey said, would be designed to keep children from viewing the explicit material.
Users would have to individually request that providers lift the filter. Regulation, he argues, would be more effective than implementing parental controls.
Vaizey has already called a meeting with some of the largest broadband providers, including Virgin Media. Legislation, he said, is likely.
In a parliamentary debate last month, Claire Perry, a Conservative MP who has campaigned for tighter controls, said that 60% of nine- to 19-year-olds had found porn online, while only 15% of computer-literate parents knew how to use filters to block access to certain sites. The MP said six companies – BT, Virgin, Talk Talk, BSkyB, Orange and 02 – streamed the internet to 90% of homes in the UK. Perry called on the government to put pressure on those companies to install default measures to stop children accessing pornography online.