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Are House Republicans voting to give away the Internet?

ProtectTheInternetBy Robert Romano

“Until the Comptroller General of the United States submits the report required by [this statute], the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information may not relinquish or agree to any proposal relating to the relinquishment of the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration [NTIA]… over Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions, and related root zone management functions.”

That is the text of legislation that has just passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, the agonizingly named DOTCOM (Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters) Act.

The legislation now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee, headed by Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

The framers of the legislation pretend that it will “prohibit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from relinquishing responsibility over the Internet domain name system” to some as of yet unnamed international body.

That is, “until the Comptroller General of the United States submits to Congress a report on the role of the NTIA with respect to such system.”

In other words, the very bill the purports to “prohibit” turning over the administration of vital Internet functions — governing the assignment of domain names and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses — actually authorizes their giveaway.

All the Obama administration would have to do is turn in a book report that could say, well, pretty much anything.

It might report that relinquishing Commerce Department contractual rights to administer the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) would nullify First Amendment protections of freedom of speech and of the press and of religion in administering that authority.

That, in the process, users of the Internet would lose an essential recourse in federal court against any incidences of censorship committed by whomever will by assigning Internet domain names and numbers.

Or, that there is a risk that multinational elements, such as in China, Russia, or the United Nations, might eventually assume control of these functions via the multistakeholder model now being supported by the Commerce Department.

But none of that will matter. Once the Comptroller General via the Government Accountability Office (GAO) turns in its report — even if its findings are devastating — the Commerce Department will be authorized to throw caution into the wind and complete its plans to give away the Internet.

In the meantime, there is a compelling argument to be made that the Obama administration cannot complete the transfer without an affirmative vote in Congress.

The only way to salvage this magic show might be to incorporate strong legislation by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.), the Internet Stewardship Act, which would require explicit congressional authorization to turn over the Internet’s names and numbers functions.

Failing that, the ill-conceived DOTCOM Act should be defeated.

Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens issued the following statement in support of the Kelly bill: “President Obama should not be giving the Internet away to anyone without a vote in Congress. Rep. Kelly’s legislation will reaffirm Congressional authority over any Internet transition taking place, guaranteeing that our elected representatives have a say in keeping the World Wide Web free and open from censorship.”

The Kelly bill would prohibit the turnover “unless such relinquishment is permitted by a statute enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act.” That has a lot more teeth to it than simply requiring that a report be submitted by researchers.

What purpose will the GAO report even serve anyway?

Perhaps, so that future generations can go back and read an accounting of how it was the Internet became controlled and censored by unaccountable, transnational elites.

That is, if they can even find the report online.

Robert Romano is the senior editor of Americans for Limited Government. 

  • Frances

    INTERNET! This is an issue of National Security. Read. Share. Call your Congressmen.

  • singer23

    To Arms, To Arms, the enemy is in Washington! They must be stopped! America is no longer a, “Government For The People, By The People!” It now is a, “Government Of The Politicians, For The Politicians!”

  • toddyo1935

    I’ll check with my Congressman McCarthy if I can find him.

  • Jimmy Wayne Barnett

    Call him and tell them to not vote for agenda 21 and the free internet,They are both very important to our free speech an retaining our sovereignty and our second amendment

  • lewpring

    I passed along my comments by phone to Cong. Messer (IN – 6); essentially endorsing Cong. Mike Kelly’s views and/or opposition to the DOTCOM ACT

  • survivor33

    OMG, what next does HE plan on doing to the citizens of the USA. Every day it’s something different against us….need to get this scum bag and his “advisors” otta there. Where is the gunner “Hinckley” when we need him.? Evidently he shot at the wrong president.

  • setemfree

    yes soon to give away Nevada to the Chinese in payment for our debts.


  • regulus30

    TEA PARTY ONLY;; 2014 vote these rinos out…..

  • regulus30

    good idea……

  • jwatersphd

    Yeah. Then it’ll go to the highest bidder. Next on yr list should be the armed forces, national guard, FDA . . . enough of those job killing pure food and drug regulations. Sell off the whole country. Wasn’t that what the Founding Fathers really wanted? The United States of America, Inc. Then we won’t need no stinkin’ government; big business will keep us in line. I do recall there are bills passed that outlaw libeling hamburger and so on; maybe if ConAgra gets a big interest in the internet that will take care of many censorship needs. If the Catholic Church chips in, they can promote Trust Your Local Priest Day at Chuckie Cheese’s. Papal infallibility will take a back seat to that, as child molestation goes viral.

  • Yeah. Then it’ll go to the highest bidder.

    Well, why didn’t anyone complain when we sold America to the ultra rich?

  • jwatersphd

    A lot of people did . . . You don’t recall Occupy? That’s where “the 1%” was started. Of course, they were anti business so we can’t have that. You know, love capitalism, hate wall street? Love The People, despise The Sheeple . . . Love the working man, hate unions… Christian Charity for the poor, hate the takers. I forget, are we supposed to like the 47% or hate them? I think the Pope was infallible until he started pointing out what you just did. Now he’s a Commie.

  • when I said “anyone”.. I meant.. well, you know.

  • jwatersphd

    Oh, God! Well, it’s so hard to get good help.

  • God
    Now *there’s* an idea! Has anyone thought to… oh.. I guess the pope.. does that count?

  • jwatersphd

    I guess it depends on your faith.
    Mostly anybody who’d ask would say … uh, it will be taken c/o all in good time… That’s why someone said Opiate of the People. Uno, the lord is my shepherd, so maybe it’s opiate of the sheeple.
    Oh! I was just struck by lightning….

  • The ones that tick me off are the “we need to poison the earth, kill all the animals and use up all our resources so Jesus will come back.”

  • jwatersphd

    It’s spin designed to obscure a power play. Whatever happens is God’s will, so . . . whatever happens is … whatever happens. How could it be different? If you needed a sign, you wouldn’t get it because you’re not a believer. Most people have axioms, etc., but ordinarily they’re not entirely self-contained, and you can tell if something is consistent or not. With religion, no matter what happens, it’s consistent, so anything can be proven. Anything’s right and anything’s wrong, so the faithful just say what they want. They’re right, you’re wrong. End of discussion.

  • Hang on a second, I’m making out a check to the state of Israel.

  • jwatersphd

    Hope it was safely after your seder. Mine was great.

  • I’m not Jewish, though I’m liberal as one, and my check bounced.

    I gave at the office. 🙂

  • jwatersphd

    Try writing it again after the Sabbath.

    Or maybe send it with a little prayer.

    Or, it’s the thought that counts . . . but it’ll still cost you $39.00 in returned check fees.


  • It was a fictional check… I’m sure my tax dollars will suffice.

    I’m doing my part – I don’t eat shellfish or swordfish… and sometimes I eat standing up… and I pray often that NitwitAndYahoo doesn’t drag us all into war by attacking Iran, Egypt or Syria…. or Lebanon again… and that Palestinians suddenly forgive and forget.

    A righteous man’s prayers availeth much!

    …know any?

  • jwatersphd

    Just you and me.
    Or we could go into Ukraine to stand for anti-Semitism. You know, like real men.

  • Right.. nothing like war to wring out the anti-Semitism in people…. what the hell was Bibi doing in that conversation anyway?

    I can’t wait until there are no more gun-free zones, and someone in a theater wakes up to gunfire in the movie, and starts shooting.

  • jwatersphd

    A 2nd amendment solution!

    We will all be safer when every idiot has the power of police, DA, judge, jury and executioner close at hand.

    The next frontier is to buy yourself a flame thrower, or body armor. How about a bazooka for road rage? Don’t cut me off, I’m standing my ground.

  • Everyone will have the latest James Bond car and ball point pen…. besides, cars almost never backfire anymore.

    Put a speaker in your wife’s purse, and when she goes to the store, have it make a sound like gunfire – presto! instant divorce. Death by shopping.

    Terrorists just need to broadcast the sound of sniper fire on a super crowded street.. if nothing else, the pre-teens will fire in the general direction of the sound just for the fun of it, and when the macho men finish “suppressing the fire, and retreating in groups of three” it’ll sound like the aftermath of the “postal” game…

  • jwatersphd

    A whole world of possibilities to “take back our country.” I wonder if they make white sheets out of Kevlar?

  • with cutout holes for the eyes?

  • del

    Lets clear out this horrid administration and most of congress and start all over! We the People are government, not the way these aholes think it is…Out with all of them…they have ruined our economy, run up gas to rediculous levels, run up cost of food, clothing, utilities, destroyed our health system, ruined our jobs, ruined our freedoms and they are still stealing billions of our dollars to give themselves, our worst enemies all of our money. Yucko

  • jwatersphd

    In short, Yes.
    If you use a “hot knife” it yields easily and will not unravel. Very fashionable in Idaho, Mississippi, and the like, where some men are still free as in the original Constitution. You know, before the Bill of Rights was added for political correctness and to create the Nanny State.

    In 6 years, we might celebrate the vote being given to women, (in 1920.) Reflective of the infinite “wisdom of our founding fathers,” the US came after Poland, Lithuania, and Azerbaijan. Yes, a blow to free Men, as Gay Marriage is a blow to Straight Marriage, and basically communist.

    We must arm “the People” to get back our freedoms. Although women and African Americans got their freedoms from us without using weapons (though the traitor Lincoln helped with the latter, I wish I was in Dixie), liberals are a different kettle of fish. It is the Tyranny of Obama, requiring 2nd amendment solutions. Don’t think the Gay Marriage struggle means we can do it without armed violence…. just say no to seatbelt laws. Liberty and/or death.

    In any case, Real Men do it with guns, not wimpy legislation. A government of Men, not Laws.

  • jwatersphd

    I think we need a new term at this point. We know The People become The Sheeple when they don’t vote right. Maybe “TPinos” for “the People in name only”? It has better excretory associations than RINOs, which might be mistaken for something strong.

  • jwatersphd

    But so many of “The People” are “Sheeple.” What do we do about that?

  • Back to our roots!

  • Those detention centers we keep hearing so much about.

  • jwatersphd

    The lord is my shepherd.

  • jwatersphd

    give me slavery or give me death.

  • Hand me that Winchester, looks like Injuns!

  • We liberals will give them a little rod and staff in the reeducation centers after we confiscate their guns.

  • jwatersphd

    It’s a Tea Party!

  • jwatersphd

    Detention centers were not part of Obama’s plan for Obamacare, that’s a myth started by the right wing. They were only put in there to appease the Republicans, and come from a plan done by the Heritage Foundation. That goes for the cattle prods as well. But now that they’re in there, the Tea Party blames him for them. He can only think if there’s a teleprompter, so he walked right into it.

  • In 6 years, we might celebrate the vote being given to women

    It just occurred to me…. we can’t afford a repeat of the destruction of America! When we take America back – we’re gonna KEEP it that way!

  • jwatersphd

    sounds good, any idea how?

  • jwatersphd

    well, I actually have to do some work . . . maybe we should insult each other before we stop just to maintain the atmosphere.

  • First, elect Palin/Bachmann… put the Koch brothers in her cabinet… alive.. elect the tea party to a majority in both houses.. impeach the Supreme court and replace them with Republicans (not RINOs) repeal the Amendments to the Constitution (why fix it if it wasn’t broken?) and the rest will take care of itself.

    We might need the help of the NSA… LSD in the drinking water and such… just before the election

  • jwatersphd

    It’s all too easy. There must be a catch.

  • You really think it’s not going to work???

    What could go wrong?

  • I was going to, but I didn’t want to speak out of place.

  • jwatersphd

    No, I can’t read. I’ve got people to do that for me. I’m a disembodied being. I reside inside a computer, but sometimes I move over the internet to another. Don’t look now, I can see you. Too late, I’m gone.

  • jwatersphd

    Caribou Barbie might hit menopause. It will be the only thing she’s finished. But it hasn’t made any difference so far, so you can’t write it off prematurely. Atlas might shrug, people will realize Ayn Rand was an atheist, and the entire T party will short circuit and go up in smoke. Then who’re ya gonna call? Ghostbusters? Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell? Actually, I bet the T Party’s big bang is going to amount to ejaculatio praecox and instead of a climax, we’re gonna see a black hole. Ted Cruz will leak out to Canada but forget he renounced his citizenship and get sucked back in. Same problem for Bachman, she’ll forget whether she’s Swiss or not. There’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip, but I’ll give good odds on Hilary for 2016. Where’s an activist judge when you need one? There won’t be anybody left to impeach.

  • stolen.

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