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US House Votes 397-0 To Oppose UN Control of the Internet

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. House of Representatives voted 397-0 today on a resolution to oppose UN control of the internet. 'The 397-0 vote is meant to send a signal to countries meeting at a U.N. conference on telecommunications this week. Participants are meeting to update an international telecom treaty, but critics warn that many countries’ proposals could allow U.N. regulation of the Internet.' The European Parliament passed a similar resolution a couple weeks ago, and the U.N. telecom chief has gone on record saying that freedom on the internet won't be curbed. However, that wasn't enough for U.S. lawmakers, who we quite proud of themselves for actually getting bipartisan support for a resolution (PDF). Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said, 'We need to send a strong message to the world that the Internet has thrived under a decentralized, bottom-up, multi-stakeholder governance model.'"
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