House to examine plan for United Nations to regulate the Internet

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May 27, 2012

By Brendan Sasso – The Hill

House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to give the United Nations more control over the Internet.

The proposal is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, and would give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet.

It’s an unpopular idea with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress, and officials with the Obama administration have also criticized it.
“We’re quite concerned,” Larry Strickling, the head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said in an interview with The Hill earlier this year.

He said the measure would expose the Internet to “top-down regulation where it’s really the governments that are at the table, but the rest of the stakeholders aren’t.”

At a hearing earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also criticized the proposal. He said China and Russia are “not exactly bastions of Internet freedom.”

“Any place that bans certain terms from search should not be a leader in international Internet regulatory frameworks,” he said, adding that he will keep a close eye on the process.

Yet the proposal could come up for a vote at a UN conference in Dubai in December.

To read more, visit:  http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/229653-house-to-examine-plan-to-let-un-regulate-internet

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CTH says:

    Should the Congress go along with the proposal to UNize the internet it would demonstrate that Congressmen are even more stupid and venal than the public already believes them to be.

  • Rattlerjake says:

    When will our gullible politicians stop funding the “Useless Nations”? The UN is nothing more than a one world government agency who will continue to try to take freedom away from those few countries that aren’t socialist or run by a dictator. Any free nation being apart of the UN is one step closer to destruction.

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