With the web growing at a rapid pace, governments of various capacities seek to find ways to regulate the Internet. As SOPA and other similar efforts to regulate the web were rejected, international efforts continue with House Republicans at the forefront of resistance. The Hill reports:
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the House subcommittee on Communications and Technology, told reporters on Wednesday that his panel will hold the hearing on Feb. 5 with the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.
At an International Telecommunications Union conference in Dubai last month, countries voted to revise a telecommunications treaty despite objections from U.S. officials, who warned the changes could allow for Internet regulation and censorship.
The United States is not bound to follow the treaty, which will not go into effect until 2015, but U.S. officials are worried it could curtail the free flow of information around the world.
Supporters of the treaty revisions say they will help governments fight spam and improve cybersecurity.
Walden said he is “very concerned” about the outcome of the Dubai conference.
House Republicans have expressed concerns regarding the latest bill proposed calling it “hypocritical” seeing that in its title is the word “freedom” all the while it seems to be the main principle the bill restricts.
Walden criticized the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality rules, which he said made the United States seem hypocritical for calling for Internet freedom at the Dubai conference.
The FCC regulations require Internet providers to treat access to all websites equally. Supporters say the rules are essential for ensuring a free and open Internet, but critics consider them an illegal power grab that burdens businesses.
Walden ensured that he wasn’t going to allow such a bill to pass without a fight.
“I don’t think [a net-neutrality bill] will move out of committee—not on my watch,” Walden said.