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House to examine plan for United Nations to regulate the Internet
By Brendan Sasso - 05/26/12 08:10 AM ET

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.


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Next week’s hearing is expected to bring more attention in the U.S. to the measure, which would give the UN more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system. It would also allow foreign government-owned Internet providers to charge extra for international traffic and allow for more price controls.

The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold the hearing and hear testimony from Robert McDowell, a Republican commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); David Gross, a former State Department official; and Sally Shipman Wentworth, the senior manager of public policy for the nonprofit Internet Society.

The Internet is currently governed under a “multi-stakeholder” approach that gives power to a host of nonprofits, rather than governments.

Strickling said that system brings more ideas and flexibility to Internet policymaking.

“We lose that when we turn this over to a group of just governments,” Strickling said.

In an op-ed earlier this year in The Wall Street Journal, McDowell warned that “a top-down, centralized, international regulatory overlay is antithetical to the architecture of the Net.”

“Productivity, rising living standards and the spread of freedom everywhere, but especially in the developing world, would grind to a halt as engineering and business decisions become politically paralyzed within a global regulatory body,” McDowell wrote.

He said some governments feel excluded from Internet policymaking and want more control over the process.

“And let's face it, strong-arm regimes are threatened by popular outcries for political freedom that are empowered by unfettered Internet connectivity,” McDowell wrote.


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    • NonElite1 day ago

      We must not give another inch toward global governance that tramples liberties.
      There seem to be so few in the US who approve of our UN association that I cannot believe this internet control issue is not met with a resounding and immediate "hell no".

    • Daniel Martin Gray1 day agoin reply to NonElite

      SO, let me get this straight...

      Congressmen and Senators of BOTH parties, AND the Administration, OPPOSE this measure to cede our Right of FREE SPEECH, given by GOD and enshrined by our Founders in the CONSTITUTION, to a bunch of foreign dictators and thugs.

      And YET, somehow the measure is up for a vote?

      Tell me, is this going to be ANOTHER example of UNintended consequences?

      Are "Progressives" of BOTH parties merely giving LIP SERVICE?

      Will WE STAND for this?

      As a Constitution Party Member, and a FORMER Prog, I get info from ALL sides, and in recent months, have been EXTREMELY encouraged to note that MILLIONS of Americans, of the Left, the Right and the Center, have been effective in convincing our "betters" to BACK OFF on SOPA, PIPA, and other Prog programs. And WE continue to FIGHT against these and other measures, such as NDAA, undaunted and unabated.

      Pity that WE still act in separation. Despite COMMON CAUSE and COMMON SENSE, the Left hates the Right, the Right hates the Left, and the Center can't stand either extreme.

      PLEASE, folks, WAKE UP a little MORE, and realize that WE have much more in common with each other, than with those who would make us SLAVES...

    • It's a feel good vote of kubaki theatre... They wouldnt dare pass it.

      Have you noticed these anti Internet freedom movements keep rearing it's ugly head every 3 months?? If we drop our guard, it will pass and there will be nothing we can do but vote out the idiots who passed it, but by then it's already passed and won't be undone.

      So keep contacting your representatives... If they feel you are not watching, not paying attention or don't care, they will pass it because the RIAA are high dollar donors and eventually will get their way.

    • Don't be a fool, they have been piece mealing UN Agenda 21 for the past 30 years. (No Child Left Behind, currently the LOST sea treaty, and nor the internet. We turn over money to the UN, which has no accountability. Same folks openly plan to 'eliminate' all the people on the planet except for 500M they select and run by only one world government under the UN. You folks best Google Agenda 21 and what the last four presidents have done to us.

    • She is right.. Look up UN.org and search for Agenda 21, then search Land Use, Wilderness project or Wild lands project,l Population control, International Tax, Smart growth, NGO's (non-governmental organizations), APA , Sustainable Development. Go to table of contents on the Green Tool Box and select a section and read it, THINK about the consequences of what they are proposing and inplementing right under our noses! Do you hear your local city planners talking and promoting ending urban sprawl, moving people into high density housing, doing projects that are aimed at getting you out of your cars and into "walkable"communities. Check out out how much land is being bought up by Federal Government and put into protected areas...eventually no humans allowed there. This is not hidden...just go look and dig deep into the U N web site. A starter web site is Democrats Against UN Agenda21.com and the book "Behind the Green Mask" (168 pages, an easy read, but will make you furious!

    • I can't stand ANY career politician! As soon as they hit the DC city limits they forget us, where they came from or what they told us they would do.
      If I were king, I would unceremoniously throw the UN and all of it's tinhorn people out of the USA and unbind ourselves from any treaty we signed that gives up an inch of liberty or freedom.
      Of course, that's just my opinion..........

    • The reason they keep coming up is our socialist in charge would love to had over our money and control of our freedoms to others. This progressive Pig and his followers have to be dealt with by the voters, meaning now that we know the truth behind the progressive movement as we've seen these past 3 years we can now kick them out of office. Vote out the progressives in elections and we can get back to a great country. I remember when our leaders used to negotiate with each other now the progressives have all destroyed our system and negotiating skills.

      Unfortunately you cannot negotiate with progressives as they have no logic.

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