TechNet Supports Effort to Maintain Internet Governance

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June 25, 2012

TechNet Supports Effort to Maintain Internet Governance

Existing Multi-Stakeholder System Delivers Stability and Freedom of Expression 

Washington, DC –TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs, applauds the successful passage in the House Energy & Commerce Committee of a resolution that supports maintaining the current system of Internet governance to ensure its future openness and collaborative nature. The resolution (H Con Res 127) sponsored by Representative Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) was adopted by the committee with strong bi-partisan support, demonstrating resolve among elected officials for protecting the existing model of Internet governance.

In December, the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union will convene to discuss proposed Internet governance changes.  TechNet opposes efforts that tamper with the current Internet governance regime that facilitates freedom of expression on the Internet and allows affordable delivery of Internet content. The existing multi-stakeholder governance approach is decentralized and does a good job of allowing a range of voices to contribute to Internet governance while also providing stability in the process.

“The Internet’s growth as an engine of economic and social change is a success story in part because of its unique governance model.” said Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet. “Efforts to change the existing model threaten the Internet’s success and its role as a forum for free expression and commerce. The existing Internet governance system has helped promote the growth of a vibrant and innovative global Internet that has fostered entrepreneurship and created new outlets for civic discourse worldwide”

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