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Still, if the proposal becomes law, many individuals could be charged with distributing indecent materials to minors over the Internet and face as much as a $100,000 fine and up to 5 years in prison." The measure in effect would take many of the standards of broadcasting and apply them to the Internet. But TIME's Joshua Quittner says broadcast rules don't mesh with the online world. "Broadcast standards are there because there is a limited bandwidth. Only a few people could use it, and because of that they have a responsibility to the public. The net is unlimited bandwith -- anybody can access it -- and this measure would limit free speech."