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Rep. Kelly’s Bill to Keep Internet Free Gains Support

Multiple organizations endorse Internet Stewardship Act of 2014
U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today regarding the multiple endorsements and praise recently received by H.R. 4367, the Internet Stewardship Act of 2014, which he introduced in the House of Representatives on April 2, 2014. The legislation would prevent the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) from surrendering critical functions of the Internet – currently stewarded by the United States – to any other body without explicit congressional approval through the enactment of legislation signed by the president.

Statement by Rep. Kelly:

“I am incredibly pleased that my legislation to preserve the freedom of the Internet has earned support from these respected organizations. American stewardship of the Internet’s critical functions has allowed the web to safely flourish and expand to unthinkable horizons, enabling new ideas to spread and new markets to grow all over the world. Surrendering our stewardship comes with great risks. By placing such a decision in the hands of our legislative branch, we can ensure that the Internet’s future is defended with the utmost oversight and care. We have a duty to keep the Internet and its benefits to people worldwide fully safe from hostile powers overseas who despise the free flow of information.”

Endorsements & praise for the Internet Stewardship Act of 2014:

American Center for Law and Justice: “The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) believes that it is imperative for any oversight of the Domain Name System (DNS) to remain within the United States, and therefore supports enactment of this legislation. … As such, we support H.R. 4367’s core requirement that no transfer or relinquishment of this oversight authority occur unless authorizing legislation is approved by Congress and signed into law by the President.”

Americans for Limited Government: “Rep. Kelly’s legislation will reaffirm Congressional authority over any Internet transition taking place, guaranteeing that our elected representatives have a say in keeping the World Wide Web free and open from censorship. … The House should take immediate action to move the Internet Stewardship Act to the floor for passage.”

Center for Security Policy: “The Obama administration’s announcement that the United States will relinquish its long-standing exclusive oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will have serious ramifications for America’s constitutional freedoms and strategic interests, as well as for the global economy.”

Eagle Forum: “H.R. 4367, the Internet Stewardship Act sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), makes sense. It is simple and clear: the Commerce Department cannot cede regulation of the Internet without specific authorization from Congress.”

L. Gordon Crovitz, The Wall Street Journal: “The Obama administration somehow thinks sacrificing U.S. control of Icann will satisfy regimes eager further to undermine the open Internet. … A bill called the Internet Stewardship Act was introduced in the House to mandate congressional approval before any change is made.”
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