03.25.2016

Why is NTIA still implementing Internet giveaway in the face of an explicit Congressional prohibition?

By Robert Romano For the past two years, Congress has prohibited the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) from using any funds carry out any transition control of the Internet’s domain name system functions to the private Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Specifically, the […]

12.17.2015

Omnibus funds remainder of Obama agenda in return for ‘very little’

By Robert Romano “The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill effectively funds 9 of the last 12 months of the Obama agenda at higher spending levels in exchange for very little.” That was Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning ’s take on the now-released omnibus spending bill for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2016 and tax extenders package. The legislation, said […]

12.10.2015

Omnibus spending bill last, best chance to stop Obama agenda

By Robert Romano “If conservative members of Congress don’t provide leadership with a set of policy defunds that, if included in the omnibus spending bill, will win their vote, and if leadership isn’t actively engaging them, then the legislation will be subject to the exact kind of […]

11.03.2015

How Sean Duffy saved the Internet

By Robert Romano When the Obama administration announced in March 2014 that it would be transferring key aspects of the Internet domain name system governance from the U.S. government to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), it probably thought it would be a slam dunk. That, they would make the announcement transitioning Internet governance, the prescribed date of Sept. 30, 2015 would come and go, […]

10.06.2015

Why France’s war on Google matters

By Robert Romano First they came for the search results. A French regulator wants to block search engine results worldwide that it doesn’t like. The case involves Europe’s so-called “right to be forgotten,” established by the European Union’s Court of Justice in 2014, that allows individuals to have their names removed from search engines like Google. In […]

08.19.2015

Did NTIA notify Congress it unilaterally changed the IANA functions contract?

By Robert Romano On August 4, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) quietly modified its ongoing contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) governing that organization’s administration of the Internet’s domain name system. We say quietly because the change was not publicly announced by the agency via any press release, blog post, or otherwise , […]

08.14.2015

Will the great Obama Internet giveaway happen this year?

By Robert Romano Will the great Obama Internet giveaway happen this year? Congressional committees could be informed as soon as Sunday, August 16 by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) whether the Commerce Department will be relinquishing oversight of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to […]

06.26.2015

Cruz: Stop the Internet surrender

By Sen. Ted Cruz Click here to help Ted Cruz stop the Internet surrender! I think [the Dotcom Act] is a good faith effort to begin to provide congressional oversight over this exceptionally important topic, which is namely the administration’s announced intention to hand over control of the Internet to a multinational, multiparty group. Everyone […]

06.24.2015

Can Ted Cruz save the Internet?

By Robert Romano Click here to help Sen. Ted Cruz save the Internet! Remember last year it was announced that the Obama administration planned on transitioning control over the Internet domain name system to the international community and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)? It was such a big deal that Congress last year […]

06.23.2015

Dotcom Act authorizes Internet giveaway

By Rick Manning Just last month, the House voted overwhelmingly to defund in the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill any National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions to an outside entity. This followed similar language being adopted in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 that blocked the Internet governance transfer. […]

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