Swiss Legislators Approve I.s.p. Blocking Measure

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Mar 4, 2021

Lower house passes legislation already approved by upper house

Swiss lawmakers in the lower house this week passed an online gambling ISP-blocking measure already approved by the upper house despite the lower house having previously removed such language from an earlier proposal in the Legal Affairs Committee.
The blocking process will target all online gambling operators accessing the Swiss market without a Swiss licence.
The lower house also approved proposals that existing licensed land casino operators should have the exclusive right to online gambling licensing under the new law.
The passage of the bill, actively promoted by land casino operators in the country, was achieved despite strong political opposition and declarations that ISP-blocking is not only inefficient but undemocratic.
Internet Service Providers have objected to the domain-blocking clauses, which will inevitably involve additional work and expense for them, unless they can persuade the land casino operators to help foot the bill.
Still outstanding are issues such as whether to tax punters on their winnings, and by how much, but these are set to be discussed in further exchanges planned for mid-March.

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Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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