By The Hill Staff - 01/27/11 03:41 PM EST
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) introduced a resolution opposing the possibility that the United Nations could begin to regulate the Internet.
“It has become increasingly clear that international governmental organizations, such as the United Nations, have aspirations to become the epicenter of Internet governance. And I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this never happens," she said in statement on Wednesday.
She said it is "bad enough" that "we have to fight to keep the Federal Communications Commission’s hands off the Internet; just imagine having to convince governments like Iran and China."
The controversy surrounding WikiLeaks has provoked new calls for the U.N. to play an active role in Internet governance. The U.N. has opened a working group of member nations to consider changes to its Internet Governance Forum.
Bono Mack chairs the House Energy and Commerce Trade subcommittee.