Goodlatte speaks in opposition to UN control of the Internet
August 10, 2012
Congressman Bob Goodlatte spoke on the House floor in support of H.Con. Res. 127:
Several hostile countries continue to pursue a UN takeover of the Internet through an organization known as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency within the United Nations. In fact, a push is being made to negotiate international control of the Internet in Dubai this December.
The UN is the absolute last entity that should have anything to do with managing the functioning of the Internet. Currently, the private, non-profit ICANN performs this function. While ICANN is far from perfect, having this responsibility rest with a private entity helps foster market principles and is the most efficient way to administer the internet's domain name system and root servers.
We must remain vigilant against efforts by foreign governments to consolidate control of the Internet into a U.N.-centered body, which would lead to free speech and access restrictions and abuses. H.Con.Res. 127 will show Congress' unity behind this concept and I strongly urge support of this important resolution.