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Senate panel votes to oppose UN regulation of the Internet

Sep 19, 2012 | News

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved a resolution on Wednesday opposing international efforts to give a United Nations agency more control over the Internet.

The House approved a counterpart resolution last month.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the sponsor of the resolution, said he is not sure when there will be a vote in the full Senate. He noted scheduling can be a challenge, but said he is hopeful the measure will pass with unanimous support.

“We haven’t found anyone who is against it yet, so that’s a good sign,” Rubio told reporters after the committee vote.

Proposals to give the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet could come up at a conference in Dubai in December.

The proposals, reportedly backed by China, Russia and other U.N. members, would give the international body more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system.

The Obama administration has already announced its strong opposition to such proposals.

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