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CDA decision scheduled

A ruling on ACLU v. Reno will be announced at 9 a.m. EST.

A federal three-judge panel in Philadelphia will announce its decision on ACLU v. Reno at 9 a.m. EST.

The case is the leading challenge to the Communications Decency Act and the ruling is expected to decide whether and how the law will be upheld. CNET will provide comprehensive coverage of the decision, including analysis and reaction to the ruling, throughout the day.

The Communications Decency Act makes it illegal to make indecent or patently offensive material available accessible to minors online. Violators face up to two years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. The law was signed in February as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, but the Justice Department agreed not to prosecute anyone under the statute until the ACLU vs. Reno decision is rendered.

Copies of the ruling will be available as soon as it is released from both the ACLU and the Electronic Privacy Information Center Web sites.