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McCaul, Langevin Raise Fears Of UN Internet Regulation

March 27, 2012

Will the United Nations try to regulate the Internet?

At least two members of Congress think that's a possibility.

Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Jim Langevin, D-R.I., introduced a resolution on Tuesday that would urge the United States representative to the U.N. to oppose any plan that could lead to international regulation of the Internet.

"Any action taken by the United Nations to attempt to limit Americans' right to free and open Internet content is unacceptable," McCaul said in a statement.

The pair cited a September letter from China, Russian, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan stating their plan to introduce a U.N. resolution on Internet governance.

"The proposals by some nations to gain international approval of policies that could result in Internet censorship would be a significant setback for anyone who believes free expression is a universal right," Langevin said in the statement. "It must be made clear that efforts to secure the Internet against malicious hacking do not need to interfere with this freedom and the United States will oppose any attempt to blur the line between the two."

McCaul and Langevin, who co-chair the House Cybersecurity Caucus, are not alone in their fears. GOP Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell, for example, has repeatedly warned against U.N. regulation of the Internet. The risk and likelihood of such plans, however, have been disputed by the U.N. offices that deal with telecom issues.

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