The national interest in legalized gambling has found a new home in cyberspace and is wasting no time moving in and making itself comfortable. The partnering of gambling and the Internet is giving rise to a rapidly growing global industry. According to a 1997 estimate, Internet-based gambling and gaming has grown from about a $500 million industry in 1997 to what some estimate could become a $10-billion-a-year enterprise by 2000.

Congress remains focused on this issue. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Congress’ most vocal opponent of online betting, introduced the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999 (S. 692), which differs from his earlier bill in several important ways. Although it limits liability for interactive computer service providers (ISP) that provide access to gaming sites, it does require that ISPs disable access in certain circumstances. And on the state level, legislators and state attorneys general in at least nine states have outlawed online gambling or are attempting to do so.

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