Media, Sport & Entertainment: Weighing up the odds
The UK's gambling laws are under review against a backdrop of the rising popularity of online gambling, but will the Government succeed in striking a balance between the online providers and the regulator? Christopher Gelber reports
In a move replete with scope for commercial exploitation, the Government proposes to legalise remote gambling conducted by onshore operators. These proposals, as outlined in several recently published position papers, will cover all forms of remote gambling – via the internet, mobile telephones and interactive TV. This is welcome news for gaming operators and punters, as well as for the Treasury, and it is likely to have positive effects for others, including software service providers. It may even give a boost to the telecoms industry.
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