CompuServe offers candidates online access

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CompuServe asked the Federal Election Commission for an advisory opinion on its plan to offer free access to the Internet, the World Wide Web and the CompuServe Information Service to all federal and state political candidates through CompuServe's Election Connection '96 online area. "This is an area where we expect the law is already sufficiently flexible to accommodate the reality of cyberspace as an important and fast-growing medium for political debate," said CompuServe President-CEO Bob Massey. The issue at hand is whether CompuServe is simply furthering the process of public discourse by opening cyberspace to all candidates, or whether the free access represents an in-kind corporate contribution to candidates.

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