US Senate has approved a Bill to ban Internet gambling, meaning people offering sports and casino gambling over the Internet could be fined $20,000 and face up to four years in prison.
It is unclear whether ISPs that provide connection to the outlawed sites would also be violating the new law. An amendment would be required to make ISPs exempt, but US Senators are still debating the issue.
Online gambling is a controversial issue, with opponents claiming the Internet enhances the addictive nature of betting. To tackle the issue Congress commissioned a study, to be released today, which is expected to recommend a complete ban of online wagering. It will also call for a new law making any credit card debts incurred while gambling over the Internet unrecoverable.
The new measure would prove difficult to enforce however, as many companies offering online gambling are based outside of the US. Online gambling is prohibited in the UK, but residents can still place bets on sites run by overseas companies.
The Bill seeks to update an existing law which outlaws betting by telephone to extend it to wagers via the Internet.
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