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While the World Trade Organization dispute between the United States the island nation of Antigua and many European Union countries continues to heat up, the United Kingdom has stepped in to publicly express a preference for the ultimate resolution of this issue. The British Government now publicially endorses reasonable U.S. regulation of Internet gambling as opposed to the current U.S. stance of online gaming prohibition.
“The British Government has signaled quite clearly its support for regulation rather than prohibition of gambling by the recent implementation of the (Unlawful Internet) Gambling Act,”
said Emily Bourne, private secretary of the British Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in a letter to several financial service and gambling companies.
While supportive, this official position also adds to the every growing pressure on the United States government to act on the W.T.O. ruling and to push forward with one of several pending bills before the US Congress. We have previously recommended the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative site, as a good source for a wide range of information on the US internet gaming ban. Here is what they had to say on the British statement:
Europe’s trade director and other trade experts acknowledge that legislation introduced by Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), the Internet Gambling Regulation Enforcement Act, could resolve the potential $100 billion gambling dispute and bring the U.S. into compliance with international trade agreements by creating a level playing field among domestic and international operators.
During a recent visit to Washington, European Union Trade Commission Peter QQWIN99 said that the U.S. Congress should either open its market to overseas operators or compensate Europe for blocking the American gambling market to European operators. “You will no doubt have been encouraged to read the recent media reports of Commissioner Mandelson’s visit to Washington, which the Secretary of State thinks reflects the level of interest at the Commission in the U.S.’s approach to gambling,” added Bourne.
“Rather than negotiating away settlements that could negatively impact the U.S. economy, the Administration and U.S. Congress should seek a more sensible policy solution and regulate Internet gambling,” said Jeffrey Sandman, spokesperson for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative. “As the British Government has correctly acknowledged, it is clear that the futile approach by the U.S. to prohibit Internet gambling is a failure. Regulation of Internet gambling could bring the U.S. into compliance with W.T.O. requirements, protect consumers and generate billions in revenue needed for critical government programs.”
There are now 44 sponsors of the Frank bill in Congress, if you are a US resident, your representatives should hear your views on this subject now. Contact your Congressperson. If you are not a US resident…. but want the U.S. fish back in the online poker pond…. Well then click on the link and write to a random Congressperson, it can’t hurt.

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