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Minnesota Seeks to Block Online Gambling

Legislation, 2009-04-29, by Ozone

Minnesota has decided to become the latest state to go on an online gaming witch-hunt. Today, the state asked 11 internet service providers to block access to 200 online gaming sites. They are citing the Wire Act, a law that restricts "common carriers" from doing business with bet-takers, as justification for this request.

This is an unprecedented attempt at blocking online gaming. Internet service providers are not common carriers, so it is therefore very unlikely that a Minnesota court would rule in favor of the state's request.

It is not clear what gaming websites the state is attempting to block.

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