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The Internet Association’s Statement on Markup of H.R. __, A Bill to Affirm the Policy of the United States Regarding Internet Governance

Millions of people across the globe have rejected the proposed U.N. takeover of the Internet. Last year, the U.S. Congress in a strong bipartisan manner, voted to unanimously oppose the ITU’s intervention in the governance of the Internet.

The Internet is one of the greatest engines for economic growth, freedom and prosperity the world has ever known. The unique nature of the Internet – free from government control and governed by multiple stakeholders – has unleashed unprecedented entrepreneurialism, creativity, innovation, and freedom far beyond imagination. Preserving a free Internet for all people is essential to the preservation of political and economic liberty.

The Internet Association is strongly opposed to ITU efforts to regulate the Internet and asks Congress to stand together on this important issue. We urge the Internet community to join together to stop this threat to Internet freedom.

We support efforts to protect the Internet’s multi-stakeholder and decentralized model, which has allowed it to flourish as a powerful economic driver. We will seek to work with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle on this important issue.