Today, on a vote of 414-0, the U.S. House of Representatives approved Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack's Internet freedom legislation, House Concurrent Resolution 127.
As the United States prepares to take part later this year in the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, Congresswoman Bono Mack's legislation provides the American delegation with a clear mandate: Keep the Internet free of any and all government control. Following passage of HCR 127, Bono Mack (CA-45) issued the following statement:
"In many ways, this is a first-of-its-kind referendum on the future of the Internet. For nearly a decade, the United Nations has been angling quietly to become the epicenter of Internet governance. At the WCIT discussions, a new treaty on Internet governance will be debated. Most worrisome to me are efforts by some countries to provide the United Nations with extraordinary new authority over management of the Internet. These proposed treaty changes, some of which have been going on in secret, could have a devastating impact worldwide on both freedom and economic prosperity. Today's unanimous vote sends a clear and unmistakable message: the American people want to keep the Internet free from government control and prevent Russia, China and other nations from succeeding in giving the U.N. unprecedented power over Web content and infrastructure. We cannot let this happen."