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Congress pushes Net issues

With the end of its session looming, both houses of Congress are working furiously to move a number of Internet bills forward.

With the end of its session looming, both houses of Congress are working furiously to move a number of Internet bills forward. At the forefront are taxes, keeping adult content away from wired children, and copyrights.

Senate passes Net tax act
The bill, which the president has promised to sign, calls for a three-year time-out on new Net tariffs.

No tax relief for adult sites
update Commercial sites that give minors access to "harmful" material could face new taxes under a provision added to the Internet Tax Freedom Act.

Compromise on copyright bill
A joint-house committee comes to terms on legislation that would drastically alter consumers' rights in online research and e-commerce.

House passes Net content bill
The legislation, which mirrors the Senate's CDA II, would penalize sites that give minors unfettered access to "harmful" material.

Senate looks at bug and business
A hearing examines businesses' ability to "survive" the Year 2000 date change, with a focus on the food and pharmaceutical industries.