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The return to Republican control of the Senate could make it more difficult for the gambling industry to beat back a move to ban betting on college sports. The change in Congress means Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the leader of the effort to end legalized betting on NCAA sports at Nevada casinos, will resume chairmanship of the Senate Commerce Committee . At the same time, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the most influential defender of sports wagering, will relinquish his role as majority whip for the less powerful position of minority whip. Reid said the only online gambling bill he will support next year is one that includes an outright ban. 'I don't like it,' Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 'It can't be controlled. It's ripe for cheating. And it's open to fraud.' Reid, who will be the Democratic minority whip in the new Congress, said he and other Internet gambling opponents will make banning Internet gambling a top issue next year . Aides to McCain indicated he is likely to reintroduce the same bill he pushed last year, but won't decide until Congress reconvenes in January, 2003.

Another group which has severed its relationship with the Internet Gambling industry is Akamai Technologies. Akamai Technologies has begun phasing out delivery of porn and gambling sites via servers installed at universities and colleges. This past month, Akamai servers in data centers at the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College, Dartmouth College, and the University of Maine, and apparently at several other schools, were no longer being used to ''cache,'' or store, images and text from gambling and porn sites, according to business competitors of Akamai who monitor the publicly accessible devices . Akamai is an Internet ''content delivery networking'' company, which means that it hosts copies of Internet sites on its servers to enable smoother delivery to the end user. Akamai says it is no longer seeking business from pornography sites or gambling sites and is not renewing contracts that are about to expire, but has not said when it expects to be out of the business.

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