Problem

Comcast Corporation is an American telecommunications conglomerate that provides numerous services including broadcasting and cable television, home phone services, and high-speed Internet. Unfortunately, Comcast’s Xfinity also peddles pornography via its video-on-demand and premium channel services.

We are asking Comcast to immediately stop distributing hardcore pornography, which causes a multitude of public health harms to children and adults alike.

Further, with respect to its Internet Service Provider (ISP) services, we request that Comcast adopt the “opt-in” model recently implemented by Sky Broadband, a UK-based ISP provider. Comcast’s current ISP model requires that customers wishing to block hardcore material jump through complicated hoops to filter or “opt-out” of those services. However, the “opt-in” model requires that those customers wishing to view hardcore pornography online “opt in” to access such sites, while other customers automatically receive their Internet free from sexually exploitative material.

Join NCOSE, dozens of other organizations, and thousands of grassroots activists in the #CLEANUPCOMCAST Campaign July 10-21, 2017. MORE DETAILS HERE.

Comcast provides dozens of pornography titles via its Cinemax, Playboy, Vivid, Hustler, TEN, and Too Much for TV channels and subscriptions. All in all, by one review conducted in April 2016, there were 515 X-rated offerings on Comcast’s Xfinity. Many of the pornography titles offered by Comcast Xfinity contain themes of incest, racism, sexism, prostitution, and exploitation.

Our society is struggling to cope with the impacts of multiple forms of sexual abuse and violence: child sexual abuse, adult sexual exploitation, racially-motivated sexual violence, sex trafficking, and more. These problems have not emerged from a vacuum but flourish within the context of unprecedented access to hardcore pornographic material. Adult, hardcore pornography—with its raw, brutal, debasing, violent and hate-filled themes—exacerbates the deeply entrenched social ills mentioned above and unleashes devastating impacts at the individual and societal level.

By distributing pornography, Comcast is participating in and encouraging these harms.

Moreover, the pornographic material being distributed by Comcast Xfinity likely violates U.S. law, 18 U.S. Code Section 1468, which prohibits distribution of obscene matter by means of cable or subscription services on television.

The Comcast Code of Conduct Handbook states: “. . . it is our actions—how we perform day in and day out—that will ensure our success. It’s as simple as doing the right thing and treating people the right way.” Distributing and profiting from the degradation, abuse, and violence found in pornography is a far cry from “doing the right thing and treating people the right way.”

Additionally, pornography is available to all Comcast customers through its Internet services unless a consumer takes affirmative action to block such material. In the United Kingdom and in other countries, an “opt-in” approach has been adopted. Nearly all ISPs in the UK have begun blocking pornography unless a consumer exercises an option to “opt-in” for such material. Sky Broadband’s approach has been particularly effective. If Comcast were to take the lead in the U.S. by offering the opt-in Internet model and drop its pornography offerings on Xfinity, we believe it would find a large base of support and do much to make up for Comcast’s years of confederacy with the pornography industry. 

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Take Action

Join the Twitter Storm

@Comcast really hates to get bad reviews via social media! Make sure they hear us loud & clear. Sexual Exploitation is Not Ok! Bombard them on Twitter with #CleanUpComcast.

Here is a list of prepared tweets.

Let us know if you get replies!

#CleanUpComcast Call Campaign

Call Comcast Executives Directly and tell them to stop profiting from Sexual Exploitation!

Dial 833-CleanTV (833-253-2688) or use these direct numbers for a few of their top executives:

  • Chris Dunkeson, Vice President and General Manager, 2156651700
  • Phil Miller, Vice President, Strategic Partnership Development, 2152867955
  • James J Finnegan, Vice Chairman of Information Technology, 2156651700

Click here for talking points.

Report back to us on the call at public@ncose.com

 

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Contact Comcast Executives

@Comcast blocked our email system, but here are some of their top executives’ direct emails! Let them know what you think about their decision to profit from sexual exploitation.

  • Brenda Alarcon, Senior Vice President: brenda_alarcon@cable.comcast.com
  • Sheldon Bonovits, Board of Directors: SMBonovitz@duanemorris.com
  • Jim Raymer, Co-Chairman: jim_raymer@cable.comcast.com
  • James Finnegan, Vice Chairman of Information Technology: james_finnegan@comcast.com

Please forward any responses you get from them to public@ncose.com.

Expose Comcast On Social Media

@Comcast really cares about public opinion regarding their services. Don’t let them get away with their business choices to accept profits over human dignity. Tell the world what they are doing online. Don’t forget to tag them!

Find many awareness graphics and blogs you can share below on this page.

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Updates

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Too often people feel like they cannot make a difference. The reasons are endless: you don’t have extra money, you live far away, you don’t have the ability to work on these issues full-time, etc. But the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is here to equip and empower you wherever you’re at. Make sure to […]

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While we’ve had a number of victories, the targets on the 2017 Dirty Dozen List have avoided changing their policies. They are still facilitating sexual exploitation. Examples of minimal progress: Comcast promised to implement changes, but insists on still selling extremely violent pornography. EBSCO Information Services has made some efforts to clean up their K-12 school […]

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I have a sign in my office that says simply: “Communicate results.” It’s meant to remind me to tell our supporters the good things we are accomplishing. Yet, things have been happening so fast this year that I find it difficult to honor that command. So, here is a quick update on this last week: […]

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Join us for our call blitz to tell Comcast to stop selling hardcore pornography!   Comcast is a well-respected mainstream company that provides cable TV, high-speed Internet, and Xfinity video-on-demand. However, Comcast is also a major distributor of hardcore pornography. Through its on-demand videos and premium channel services, Comcast sells pornography with racist themes, incest themes, and teen themes. We […]

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