Skip to comments.Keeping the Internet Free—for Now
Posted on 04/14/2014 8:20:13 AM PDT by Kenny
Less than a month after announcing its plan to abandon U.S. protection of the open Internet in 2015, the White House has stepped back from the abyss. Following objections by Bill Clinton, a warning letter from 35 Republican senators, and critical congressional hearings, the administration now says the change won't happen for years, if ever.
"We can extend the contract for up to four years," Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling told Congress last week, referring to the agreement under which the U.S. retains ultimate control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as Icann. If the administration makes good on that reassurance, it would punt the decision to 2019 and the next president.
Mr. Strickling originally linked the end of U.S. control to the September 2015 expiration date of the current Icann agreement. He backtracked at a Hudson Institute conference last week: "We did not intend that to be a deadline after which 'bad things' would happen. There has been some misapprehension that we were trying to impose a deadline on this process. We weren't." Fadi Chehade, Icann's CEO, agreed. "There is no deadline," he said. "The U.S. has many years on the contract."
In an interview, Mr. Chehade assured me that he understands why supporters of the open Internet want the U.S. to retain its oversight role, which keeps countries like Russia and China from meddling. . . .
If Mr. Obama still thinks giving up U.S. protection of the open Internet and its multi-stakeholder community is such a great idea, he should ask Congress to vote on it. He won't, because there is zero chance that an Abandon the Internet Act would ever pass.
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Congress needs to keep an eye on Obama.
“Congress needs to keep an eye on Obama”
Congress needs to have obama arrested and placed in a tiny cell.... with neither pen nor phone!
Well...I guess that’s good news. Of a sort. However, when all of your electronic interaction with anyone and everyone are part of the NSA MegaMemory DeathStar out in Utah, exactly how ‘free’ is that?
“...says the change won’t happen for years, if ever.”
Code words for “we’ll try to slip in it when people aren’t paying attention.”
They just just took over Microserv, one of the biggest ISPs around here.
It's like Obama's working with old line communists... Creepy stuff - no proof - just a strong feeling. Congress needs to keep an eye on him. We all do.
Whipped em again Josie!
Yeah, I think that O had to back off for now because the Dems are crying like little girls over the elections. Once they’re done, either way, God help us with this man.
Huh....DIGIS....is that another name for the Dark Side?
Nor his CrackBerry..
Not crying enough.
The dominant media is not panicing at all. The KNOW THEY CAN SPIN enough to fool the zombie voters. They KNOW they can ignore vote fraud.
Democrats have to be in complete meltdown.
this is going to be the hard part, the unelected desk jockeys have to be panicing
The RINOs on the run. It is called the stupid party for a reason.
OH HOW CREWEL!!
and utterly FITTING!!
Carter gave the Panama Canal to the Chinese.
Di Fi wanted to turn over control of the Port of San Francisco to the Chinese.
Bill Clinton allowed the Chinese to use American rocket guidance system and it was stolen. Now they can aim and deliver their rockets.
Harry Reid wanted to gain control over Nevada land to benefit a Chinese solar company represented by his son.
Now Obama wants to hand over control of the internet to whomever.
For what was all of this done? Money and treason.
They watch him pi$$ on the Constitution daily. Too what effect?
I will ONLY believe that when I see it. Every Republican up for re-election should make this an issue, if only to be ahead of Any RAT that's planning on stating their views on it first.
I totally agree. I've been sending emails to Congress critters and candidates since O's plan to kill the Internet first came out. IF they back off it will only be because of pending elections. Obama wants to shut us up, pure and simple, and he will not just let this slide.
The Fellow Travelers. obamas mommy was up to her eyeballs in it.
I have a coworker that has a cousin that works for Digis. He tells his family he can can't say what he does at work. I told my coworker to tell him he is now in the traitor list.