Washington Examiner – Rubio pushes to delay transfer of Internet control
“We can’t test extreme emergency measures such as we’ve built over any period of a few months or even a few years,” Netchoice executive director Steve DelBianco argued. “The notion of a delay simply sends the signal that the U.S. believes that the role we hold is so valuable that we’re not giving it up, and we’ve reiterated to China, Russia and the United Nations that they want to step into those shoes. And that’s the biggest danger of the delay.”
Delbianco argued that transitioning to an international, multi-stakeholder program would actually diminish the likelihood that the Chinese communist regime dominates the Internet. “This is a development that would dramatically undermine the authoritarians’ arguments that only governments can truly manage something as powerful as the Internet,” he said in his written testimony.