Comcast Agrees To Join New York Child Porn Fight

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Comcast Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to join the child porn fight of New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo, leaving the official to turn his pressure to other Internet service providers yet to sign, such as RCN Corp.


Earlier this month Cuomo threatened Comcast with unspecified legal action if the company did not agree to a "voluntary" code of conduct that Cuomo anticipates will block access to a list of newsgroups or usegroups, identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, that allegedly traffic in images of child pornography. 


Even though Comcast had already signed as a participant in a similar cable television industry initiative on the topic, Cuomo said that effort fell short of the New York state initiative. He urged Comcast, which has fewer than 20,000 customers in the Empre State, to sign on with the New York effort as well.


Now, signatories to Cuomo's effort include Earthlink, Clearwire, HughesNet, Comcast, United Online, NetZero, AOL, AT&T Internet Services, Sprint Nextel, Time Warner Cable and Verizon Communications. 


But Cuomo is urging the public to apply pressure on other providers who've yet to sign, listing their names, officers and contact numbers on his official state Web site. Companies now in the attorney's sights, based on the hit list on his Web site July 31, include RCN Corp., Covad Broadband Services, Frontier, WildBlue and Windstream.

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