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Companies for Online Freedom of Speech

As the final showdown over the Communications Decency Act approaches, the issue of online censorship is once again reaching the boiling point.

In an unexpected development, a group of businesses teamed up to speak out against Net censorship. Companies including America Online, CompuServe, Microsoft, Netscape, and Time Warner are encouraging parents, not government regulators, to choose what is best for children.

Instead of the Exon Communications Decency Act, the group is promoting the less-restrictive Cox-Wyden-White bill, which encourages the technology industry to provide parents with screening and filtering options. The complete text is available online.