US lawmakers vote against UN Internet regulation
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to oppose any efforts to give the United Nations (UN) new authority to regulate the Internet.
The 397-0 vote, following a similar vote in the Senate, came as delegates were meeting in Dubai to revise a global telecom treaty, a gathering which some say could be used to impose new controls on the Internet.
Representative Greg Walden said ahead of the vote that lawmakers should "send a strong bipartisan, bicameral signal about America's commitment to an unregulated Internet." He said Washington should not "stand idly by while countries like Russia and China seek to extort control over the Internet."
Representative Marsha Blackburn echoed the comments, saying that "several hostile countries are seeking to use this opportunity to impose new international regulations on the Internet."