[BREAKING NEWS] Who oversees the internet? Will Congress delay Oct. 1 transfer?
McClatchy News ^ | 9/22/16 | Maria Recio
Posted on 9/22/2016, 2:55:08 PM by bushwon
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been darkly warning about giving up U.S. oversight of internet names as of Oct. 1 – and he has been getting growing support for congressional action, even from Donald Trump.
But on Thursday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., laid out a “clean CR,” a blueprint for a continuing resolution to fund the government from Oct. 1 through Dec. 9. It does not include a provision to delay the transfer.
“There have been broad requests for a clean continuing resolution,” said McConnell on the Senate floor. “So that’s what I’ve just offered. It’s the result of many, many hours of bipartisan work across the aisle.”
“It’s a fair proposal that funds all current government operations through Dec. 9,” he said, with additional funding for veterans and to fight the Zika virus by developing a vaccine and supporting mosquito control. Cruz: The Internet is fine
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, does not want the U.S. relinquishing its authority to the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers. At a Judiciary Subcommittee hearing he chairs, Cruz voiced concern that a change could impede the free flow of information. C-SPAN
The Obama administration has set Oct. 1 for the transfer of U.S. control of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, a private-sector, nonprofit group based in Los Angeles that administers internet domain names and designations.
To the federal government, it is a bookkeeping move that privatizes what the administration considers a technical organization. To Cruz and other critics it is ceding control of free speech to authoritarian countries like China, Russia and Iran who can censor the internet.
Sen. Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, had told Texas reporters Wednesday, “My hope is that the CR will include a delay of a transfer to the private sector.”
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