Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Internet - #3926 - UN to Regulate the Internet? House of Representatives Set to Examine Bill This Week - The Blaze (2) House to Examine Plan for UN to Regulate the Internet - The Hill

The Hill is reporting that the United States House of Representatives is due to consider an international proposal that would give the United Nations more control over the Internet sometime next week. Backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other members of the international body, the proposal is drawing fire on both sides of the aisle in Congress, as members of the Obama administration even move to criticize it. “We’re quite concerned,” said Larry Strickling, the head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He described the measure as “top-down regulation where it’s really the governments that are at the table, but the rest of the stakeholders aren’t.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also pointed out that China and Russia “aren’t exactly bastions of Internet freedom,” and just because they support a measure, that’s not exactly a reason to follow suit. Pledging to guard the issue, Rubio elaborated: “Any place that bans certain terms from search should not be a leader in international Internet regulatory frameworks.”  Read more.........


House to Examine Plan for UN to Regulate the Internet - The Hill -  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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