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Congress: Leave the Internet Alone!

Today in things you don’t often see: Congress just did something bloody wonderful. Per CNET

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution today aimed at sending a strong message to a United Nations body that’s meeting this week to consider new Internet regulations.

The International Telecommunication Union, a U.N. organization, is meeting in Dubai to update telecommunication regulations, and some have warned that this could lead to a U.N. takeover of the Internet.

The summit is convened by the 193 members of the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union, which was chartered in 1865 to oversee international telegraph regulations. The House passed a similar resolution in August, after government officials expressed concern over a virtual takeover of the Internet if proposals from China, Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia were adopted.

The second resolution, also non-binding, has already been approved unanimously by the Senate. It’s a bit more strongly-worded, saying “the consistent and unequivocal policy of the United States [is] to promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet today.”

That’s my kind of bipartisanship.

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