Yesterday, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist sent a letter to Congressmen Fred Upton and Greg Walden in support of legislation officially affirming that the United States opposes international regulation of the internet. Prior to the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) last December, the House passed a unanimous resolution supporting the multi-stakeholder model that has made the internet so successful and opposing any international attempts to alter that model. Following the WCIT and the resultant expansion of internet regulation in the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a joint hearing in which Democrats, Republicans, and witnesses all voiced their opposition to such regulation.
The internet has been a tremendous engine of economic growth precisely due to its unregulated nature and multi-stakeholder model. The mark-up of legislation officially supporting the multi-stakeholder model is an encouraging step in an ongoing fight to keep the internet free and open so that it can continue to spawn economic and social benefits.
Read the full letter here.