The lesson here is that it is impossible to stand in the way of the Internet; rather, we should embrace and shape these new technologies in ways that are safe for consumers. There is no question whether Americans are gaming online. More than a million are. Instead of trying to put the Internet back in a bottle, and ignoring technological and consumer demand, Congress should be focused on making it safe for all Americans.
The effort to ban Internet gaming is misguided but it also may draw attention to the real issue: How do we break up the billion-dollar black market to ensure consumer and online protections are in place for the millions of Americans who choose to play games online?
Mary Bono, a U.S. congresswoman from 1998 to 2013, was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.