FCC to Congress: U.N.’s ITU Internet plans ‘must be stopped’

Today, U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell will testify to Congress in a joint U.S. House subcommittee hearing on international Internet governance, that the free and open Internet is under attack — and inaction is not an option.The FCC Commissioner ominously warned Congress that what happened at WCIT-12 “ended the era of an international consensus to keep inter-governmental hands off of the Internet in dramatic fashion.”
http://www.zdnet.com/fcc-to-congress-u-n-s-itu-internet-plans-must-be-stopped-7000010835/Also see:After WCIT, US lawmakers look for ways to advance Internet freedom [IDG]
Countries pushing for international regulation of the Internet through the U.N. International Telecommunication Union will not quit after a partial victory at an ITU meeting in December, some Internet government experts told U.S. lawmakers.The results of the ITU’s World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in December are just a first step in a long-term battle over regulation and censorship of the Internet, Robert McDowell, a member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, told members of three U.S. House subcommittees Tuesday.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/020513-after-wcit-us-lawmakers-look-266436.html
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9236530/After_WCIT_US_lawmakers_look_for_ways_to_advance_Internet_freedomInternet ‘Under Assault’ by Censoring UN, Regulator Says
International proposals to control the Internet will continue after a United Nations conference in Dubai and the U.S. should be ready to fight such efforts, lawmakers and a regulator said.”The Internet is quite simply under assault,” Robert McDowell, a member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, said yesterday at a joint hearing by three House subcommittees. McDowell, a Republican, warned of “patient and persistent incrementalists who will never relent until their ends are achieved.”
www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-05/un-internet-oversight-should-be-fought-by-u-s-lawmakers-say.html
www.theage.com.au/it-pro/government-it/internet-freedom-under-assault-says-lawmaker-20130206-2dxf3.html

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