US House votes against government control of internet as ITU conference gets underway

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The US political climate may be one of fierce division, but it turns out there’s something lawmakers agree on: maintaining the internet status quo. The House of Representatives today voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that calls for the web to “remain free from government control.” The 397-0 vote represents a bipartisan statement from US elected officials and comes as members of the International Telecommunication Union meet in Dubai to update aging regulations. A number of proposals call for the agency to assume many responsibilities that currently rest with ICANN — or hand them off to individual governments. If realized, such ideas would “diminish the freedom of expression on the Internet in favor of government control over…

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