Saturday, August 4, 2012

Congress to United Nations: Hands Off the Internet

Posted By on Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives, before adjourning for a month, voted unanimously to tell the United Nations that the United States had no intention of ceding control of the Internet.

Although the Internet is a worldwide phenomenon, primary control of the network belongs to a series of private, U.S.-based nonprofit corporations.

But Wired magazine reports that some international players feel the United States should hand over the reins of the network to the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union and other international organizations to alleviate America's impact on our generation's most seminal technology. But the U.S. House thinks otherwise, voting 414 to 0 on a resolution telling the ITU that it is "the consistent and unequivocal policy of the United States to promote a global Internet free from government control."

The U.N. World Conference on International Telecommunications is slated to meet in December, when it will consider revisions to the International Telecommunications Regulations treaty, which was last negotiated in 1988.

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