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An online service

offer[s] nationwide computer networks (so that subscribers can dial-in to a local telephone number), and the services provide extensive and well organized content within their own proprietary computer networks. In addition to allowing access to the extensive content available within each online service, the services also allow subscribers to link to the much larger resources of the Internet. Full access to the online service (including access to the Internet) can be obtained for modest monthly or hourly fees.[1]


  1. American Civil Liberties Union v. Reno, 929 F. Supp. 824, 833 (E.D. Pa. 1996) (emphasis in original) (full-text), aff'd, 521 U.S. 844 (1997) (full-text).

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