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Telecom Act vote scheduled for Feb. 1

The Senate is expected to vote on the Telecommunications Act tomorrow. If passed, "indecent" material on the Net will be considered illegal.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Telecommunications Act tomorrow. If passed, the act will prohibit "indecent" material on the Internet.

Indecent material includes pornography, the Federal Communication Commission's seven dirty words, explicit rap lyrics, and sex and AIDS literature. If the act passes, anyone who posts this material will be subjected to two years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Online service providers including America Online and CompuServe will also be liable for breaking the law if they knowingly allow a user to send pornography to a minor despite their efforts to accept certain restrictions on pornographic content as proposed by Congress.