AFL-CIO urges UN to drop proposed Internet regulations

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“So many workers are affected by Internet policy, even if we don’t think about it as we go about our day,” the head of the AFL-CIO said in a statement supporting a petition against Internet regulation. “The Internet represents one of the few places in our world that is open and accessible by everyone. We need to make sure our voices are heard before US representatives head to the conference.”

The lead U.S. negotiator in Dubai, Terry Kramer, told reporters in a conference call Thursday that the Obama administration would oppose efforts to expand the scope of the treaty beyond telecommunications.

Terms related to the Internet open “the door to content and content censorship, and we believe that is inappropriate,” Kramer said.