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Network: Bytes

A STATE law exempting Internet-related business from new or discriminatory local taxes for three years, has been passed in California, which leads the way in regulating the Net in the US.

Sales are forecast to reach $300bn in the next four years. "We need to allow the Internet and its related industries to develop without the market distortions caused by a haphazard tax structure," said California's Governor, Pete Wilson.

Last week California also passed a bill allowing e-mail providers to sue "spammers" to recover losses caused by their unsolicited bulk e-mail.