House may drop Internet regulation

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The U.S. House of Representatives is weighing a proposal that would bar government regulation of the Internet and online services, leaving online providers free to police themselves to control distribution of obscene materials, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The proposal would derail a controversial--and possibly unconstitutional--measure passed last week as part of the Senate telecommunications bill. That measure imposes stiff fines and prison sentences for those who distribute obscene or indecent material over computer networks.

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