“NetChoice applauds Congresswoman Bono-Mack and her colleagues from both sides of the aisle for taking a firm stand against United Nations interference in Internet oversight. With today’s bipartisan work, the House Energy and Commerce Committee backed the administration’s commitment to the light-touch, multi-stakeholder governance model that has enabled the Internet to improve our world in so many ways.”

 

“Some in the Internet community have downplayed the threat posed by the UN, but it seems like every day that another UN member state gives us reason to doubt their commitment to Internet freedom. Last month, Ethiopia made it a crime – punishable by 15 years in prison – to use the Internet to make phone calls.  The government cited national security concerns but also said it wants to protect revenues of the state telecom monopoly when Ethiopians use free Internet calling services.”

 

“Before we all consent to ‘one nation, one vote’ to govern the Internet, we should have a sober understanding that many of those governments will vote to have the UN make the rules.”