House unanimously passes ban on UN Internet regulation

Dec 5, 2012
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The House of Representatives, just as the Senate did, has unanimously passed a resolution to ban UN regulation of the Internet. In doing so, it has demonstrated the resolve of the United States in its stance on promoting a "global Internet free from government control." The bill that was passed opposes changes to the telecommunications treaty that would alter how the Internet is run.

Oregon Senator Greg Walden stated: "The 193 member countries of the United Nations are gathered to consider whether to apply to the Internet a regulatory regime that the International Telecommunications Union created in the 1980s for old-fashioned telephone service ... [It] must be strongly opposed by our delegation."

The bill was put forth by Senator Claire McCaskill (D) and Senator Marco Rubio (R). The United States isn't the only nation that opposes the UN regulation, however, with all 27 European Union states taking the same stance on the matter as the US. Some other countries, including locations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, as well as Russia, are in favor of some changes, however.

The matter will be voted on by the nations shortly in Dubai. Some are hopeful that such a united stand by the US government will help sway votes against the measure. Regardless, if it does pass, its effect on the US will likely be non-existent. It could, however, be used adversely against those in countries that take an active stand in tyranny and repression, making free speech even harder for its citizens.

[via TNW]


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