Production

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
8

The personal home computer provides individuals with an extraordinary new form of communication and information access. Providers of sexually explicit materials have taken advantage of this new technology by making computer subscription services the most recent advance in "sexually explicit communications."

In order to set up a computer information service, the information provider must have a computer facility with the capability of handling a number of incoming calls to the information service. The computers used by information providers can cost from twenty to thirty thousand dollars for a micro-computer (which can handle approximately ten calls at one time) to timeshare computers costing one hundred thousand dollars or more (which can handle significantly more calls). The basic cost of providing an information service of any type depends on the magnitude and complexity of the service offered. Computer services offering sexually explicit communications run the gamut from small bulletin board operations to large scale multifaceted services.

The types of information provided also vary. The computer services are similar to Dial-A-Porn telephone services[2022] in that some offer live conversations with an employee of the service, pre-recorded messages or an open line where individuals can communicate with other subscribers. Sexually explicit services may offer one or all of these features. Other, general information providers may offer open "adult" channels where subscribers can carry on sexually explicit conversations with others on the system.

Notes

  1. See, Section E for a complete discussion of Dial-A-Porn.