For almost two years, as part of a research and development project, the non-profit Internet Multicasting Service has put the entire text of U.S. Patent and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) documents on-line via the EDGAR On-line database. Recently Internet Muliticasting announced the EDGAR research project would end on October 1, and a discussion ensued concerning the future availability of this information over the Internet free of charge. Current information on the status of the discussion, including background information on EDGAR and the Paperwork Reduction Act (which becomes law on October 1) is provided on an Internet Multicasting Web page. Comments from SEC Chairman Levitt and Congressman Markey are available, as are statistics on EDGAR's usage via the Internet and cost comparisons for the same information retrieved from commercial information providers.
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