FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, Miss.—In concurrence with 43 Attorney’s General nationwide Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood endorsed an agreement that will help provide tools to law enforcement to prosecute child pornography offenders. The historic agreement between the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides that Cable operators that bring Internet service to 87 percent of homes will take additional voluntary measures to limit the distribution of child pornography on the Internet.
“This agreement between the cable industry and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children allows us Attorney’s General to enhance our fight against child pornography, and those who intend to harm our children via the internet,” said Attorney General Jim Hood.
Under the industry-wide agreement, all cable operators represented on NCTA’s Board of Directors have agreed to help reduce the proliferation of child pornography by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NCMEC. These companies’ commitment represents the largest number of broadband subscribers protected by the terms of the agreement, as they offer broadband Internet service to more than 112 million homes, representing 87 percent of all homes in the U.S.
“Building on our strong commitment to online safety, the cable industry wants to help combat child pornography and exploitation,” said Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. “By signing the NCMEC MOU, cable Internet service providers are reaffirming their strong commitment to online safety and Internet literacy for all American families.”