..

Minnesota Not Ready to Stop Blocking Online Gambling ISPs Yet

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jun/05/2009

While the Poker Players Alliance announced Thursday evening that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety was dropping enforcement action against Internet Service Providers that provide access to Internet gambling sites, Gambling911.com has learned this is simply not the case.

The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA.org), which has been leading the charge in Minnesota, informed G911 that a decision in this matter is yet to be rendered.

"No deal has been finalized with Minnesota yet," iMEGA Founder and President, Joe Brennan, Jr., advised.

On May 6, iMEGA asked the US District Court in Minneapolis to prevent the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) from enforcing an order it issued to 11 Internet service providers (ISPs), to block state residents' access to 200 Web sites.

The Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division (AGED) of the Minnesota DPS sent letters in late April to AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other companies offering Internet access, ordering the companies to prevent Minnesota residents from viewing sites included on an AGED "black list". All of the sites named on the list are related to online gambling.

iMEGA filed suit against John Willems, director of AGED, to prevent the order from being enforced. In its suit, iMEGA stated that Minnesota lacked the authority to compel the ISPs to block residents access to the sites, and that their actions constituted a violation of free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

"It's our hope that Minnesota will recognize their error and drop their blocking order," said Brennan Jr. "Censoring Internet access for Minnesota residents would establish a troubling precedent of government intrusion into the online world, and we just can't allow that to happen."

The PPA claimed late Thursday that Minnesota Representative Pat Garofalo, indicated that the matter was concluded after "the legal position underlying the issuance of the notices was reconsidered."

Brennan, Jr. reiterated that no such deal was yet to be finalized.

Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

 

Gambling News

Adesanya vs. Pereira and Volk vs. Oliveira Fight Odds Released

Oddsmakers believe that Alex Pereira is up next for Adesanya with Pereira a slight +140 underdog.  Adesanya comes in at -160.  He was a -180 favorite Saturday night.

Where Can I Bet Sports From North Carolina Online?

Where Can I Bet Sports From North Carolina Online?

With news that a push to legalize mobile sports in North Carolina had officially failed on July 2, Tar Heel State residents need not fear. Sites such as NitroBetting, operating offshore, now allow individuals to place bets by simply providing their emails.

Winnipeg Jets to Name Rick Bowness Next Head Coach: Oddsmakers Got This One Very Wrong

Winnipeg Jets Look to Name Rick Bowness Next Head Coach: Oddsmakers Got This One Way Wrong

When oddsmakers at BetOnline released odds on the next head coach of the Winnipeg Jets, there was no price offered on Rick Bowness.

Mystic Zach bets 50 push ups on Volkanovski | UFC 276

Mystic Zach bets 50 push ups on Volkanovski | UFC 276

Mystic Zach and Rashad Evans make a bet on who they think will win the Co-Main Event of UFC 276. Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway.

How Does the MyBookie.ag Welcome Bonus Compare With Other Websites?

How Does the MyBookie.ag Welcome Bonus Compare With Other Websites?

The MyBookie.ag welcome bonus is okay, but be prepared to jump through hoops in order to get it. 

Syndicate