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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a landmark decision soon on the ability of government to slow down X-rated traffic on the information superhighway. At issue in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, No. 96-511, argued March 19, is the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, 47 U.S.C. § 223, a major effort by Congress to restrict minors' access to the pornography that is readily available on the Internet. Legal experts say the decision could set an important benchmark for future rulings affecting the electronic communications network that may reach some 200 million users before the end of the century, a development encouraged by the Clinton administration.

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