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More subscribe to high-speed Internet

By wire services
Published April 10, 2006


High-speed U.S. Internet access subscriptions jumped 13 percent in the first half of 2005, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said. Internet service providers had 42.9-million broadband subscribers in U.S. homes and businesses as of June 30, compared with 37.9-million lines six months earlier, the FCC said. The number of high-speed lines jumped 32 percent from June 30, 2004.

Judge: Minors can buy violent games

A federal judge has ruled that a Michigan law that bars retailers from selling or renting violent video games to minors is unconstitutional. The Entertainment Software Association, Video Software Dealers Association and Michigan Retailers Association, trade groups representing U.S. computer and video game publishers, sued in September, charging that the law is unconstitutionally vague and limits First Amendment rights. Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed the law in September, and it was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. But U.S. District Judge George Steeh issued a preliminary injunction in November, putting the law on hold. Steeh's ruling made the injunction permanent.

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