Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL) today joined a bi-partisan effort among members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, supporting H.R. 1580, a bill to affirm U.S. policy regarding Internet governance. Bilirakis is also a co-sponsor of the legislation.
"Given the important role the Internet plays in the global economy, it is vital that it remains secure while at the same time fostering innovation and free speech," said Congressman Bilirakis. "This bill highlights our nation's concerns with international proposals that have been introduced in the past, as well as those that will likely be introduced in the future, to change the Internet's current governance structure. We have an obligation to protect human rights -- both on and offline -- and therefore, must maintain the current model allowing for free expression and access to information."
This past December, many of the world's nations met to update the International Telecommunications Regulations, where the delegations were presented proposals recognizing an international regulatory role in the operation and governance of the Internet.
This legislation states that it is the policy of the United States to promote a global Internet free from government control and to preserve and advance the successful multi-stakeholder model currently governing the Internet.
Last year, as a member of the House Sovereignty Caucus, Congressman Bilirakis also voted for a resolution opposing international attempts to regulate the Internet.