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US ISPs Agree To Step Up Fight Against Online Child Porn

Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to proactively block access to child pornography and to donate about $1 million for supporting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The companies have agreed to block access to the images by removing them from the web servers after some initial reluctance to do so.

Experts say that controlling porn images by prosecuting each user is a tedious and slow process and that blocking the means of distribution is a better idea.

According to the providers' pact, the ISPs will donate a sum of $1 million to a fund which aims at removing child pornography from the web circulated by the user groups and newsgroups in the past.

The telecommunication firms said that the offending sites were shut down by them as soon as they were approached by the authorities.

An investigation of the child porn sites will follow the agreements that will influence offenders nationwide.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.