Telecom
A ban on Internet porn could reduce as much as 70% data browsing revenues
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All major telcos in the country are considering a move that will allow consumers to regulate consumption of pornographic content online by offering them a self-censorship tool.

Economic Times reported mobile companies and Internet service providers (ISPs) may tie up with a New Zealand-based technology company Bypass Network Services (BNSL) to deploy a parental control solution.

The newspaper reported that experts in the field believe telecom companies want to send a message that they are in support of the government's concerns regarding underage porn consumption, while respecting the freedom of adult individuals.

Matthew Jackson, co-founder of the company told ET that the interest of telecom companies and ISPs in parental control had risen after last year's porn ban. 

The newspaper reported that the company’s product Buddy Guard will allow parents to regulate the online behaviour of their children. In addition to tweaking the filters on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, other value-added service (VAS), such as ringtones will also be made available with the service.
 

Industry insiders also said that this change is also intended to safeguard the revenue interest of the service providers.

The MInt reported that a ban on Internet pornography in India could mean a hit of as much as 70% of data browsing revenues for India’s communications services providers at the time of the recent blanket ban. Even internet porn giant PornHub, India now has the third highest number of porn watchers in the world.

 In August last year, there was a brief blanket ban on online porn with the government banning 857 porn websites.

The ban was short-lived after there was vocal opposition by the public. The government had then said that it was originally intended to ban child pornography.

Even internet porn giant PornHub, India now has the third highest number of porn watchers in the world.