Lawmakers want to delay Internet handoff2016-09-09 08:58 by Daniela
In a letter to the Obama administration, four top Republican lawmakers have expressed their concerns over the plan to turn over to the broader online community oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), set to take place October 1.
In their letter the lawmakers call for delay of the handoff. According to them, the handoff will endanger national security, lead to internet censorship, and empower authoritarian regimes.
"Today our country faces a threat to the internet as we know it. In 22 short days, if Congress fails to act, the Obama administration intends to give away the internet to an international body akin to the United Nations," Republican Cruz said in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday. "I rise today to discuss the significant, irreparable damage this proposed internet giveaway could wreak not only on our nation but on free speech across the world."
ICANN, is an international nonprofit located in California that oversees the network stability of the internet. It has already faced favoritism complaints in its dealings with some of the companies that do the work of keeping the internet running.
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