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September 24, 2012

Senate approves Johanns-Sponsored Open Internet Resolution

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Saturday unanimously approved a congressional resolution cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), expressing the importance of open unregulated Internet in the international community.

“It’s so important for the Internet to remain free from the control of government—any government,” Johanns said. “We’ve seen how an open Internet can serve as an agent of change in developing nations, and we’ve seen how burdensome regulations can stifle innovation even here at home. 

“We as a nation must continue to support and develop the free exchange of ideas made possible by the Internet today, making it a source of innovation and growth at home and in the developing world.”

The measure articulates the United Sates’ position on the global role of the Internet as the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU) prepares to review and renegotiate international telecommunications regulations.   Some countries within the ITU are advocating for new international standards allowing for tighter policing of the Internet by the U.N. –something the Senate is now on record opposing thanks to Johanns’ resolution. The World Conference on International Telecommunications, where the ITU will discuss telecommunications regulations, is slated for December 2012 in Dubai.

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