Minnesota officials drop attempt to ban online gambling
After a number of ISPs (Internet Service Providers) launched federal lawsuits against officials in Minnesota after attempting to force ISPs to ban access to hundreds of online gambling sites within the state. John Willems withdrew the proposals over the weekend.
Willems of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division said that he believed it would be more appropriate to resolve the problem by working on the regulation of online gambling rather than face up to it in court.
The state had previously released statements that all online gambling in Minnesota is illegal even if the gambling companies are based outside of the US such as the UK, Seychelles and Caribbean.
iMega also threw its weight behind the ISPs fight to keep online gambling open by filing a law suit in federal court to stop Minnesota from enforcing the ban. Their case was that the state does not have sufficient authority to block their resident’s access to online gambling and that their rights were constitutionally protected.