December 8, 2011 : Internet gambling will not be hosted on city's DC-NET internet system as originally planned
 
DC Lottery technical officials have ruffled more political feathers with the disclosure this week that the plan to host the new online gambling service in the District on the city's DC-NET system  has been changed.
 
The controversial initiative to offer intrastate online gambling has already caused several major political furores in the council and was recently delayed whilst DC Lottery officials conducted a series of public presentations throughout nine DC wards, reports the Washington Times.
 
The DC-NET is a high-speed fiber-optic network that carries secure data, voice, video and wireless telecommunications for government and public safety purposes.
 
It was thought necessary to ensure that online gambling action was confined to the DC area, but on Wednesday DC Lotteries director Buddy Roogow confirmed that the organisation, which is charged with operating the new program, has now opted for another technology channel.
 
Unfortunately, by declining to elaborate on what this was, Roogow only stoked the fires of opposition and speculation.
 
"We don’t want to give away everything we’re doing”, said the lottery director, flagging the need for the intellectual property security. “We feel we’ve found other ways to secure the system in terms of intrajurisdictional play,” he said, expressing confidence in the outcome.
 
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Lottery officials have already said that they have no plans to change the main components of the i-Gaming program following the comprehensive series of public briefings conducted in recent months.
 
However, the lottery has reduced from six to four the number of games it plans to offer when the program goes live, observing that the deleted games would be added at a later date.