US House panel: ITU should stay away from Internet regulation
Posted in: Governance at 21/06/2012 14:15
A U.S. House of Representatives committee has told the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to keep its hands off the Internet.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Wednesday to approve House Concurrent Resolution 127, which urges President Barack Obama's administration to continue to stress that it is the "consistent and unequivocal policy of the United States to promote a global Internet free from government control."
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The resolution was introduced by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) as part of a hearing last month on the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications, which will convene in Dubai late this year to rewrite an international treaty on communications overseen by the ITU.
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