By Brendan Sasso - 06/21/12 06:00 PM EDT
Lawmakers fear that proposals to give the United Nations's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet could come up at a conference in Dubai in December. The move is reportedly backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other U.N. members but is opposed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as the Obama administration.
The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), would encourage the administration “to promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multi-stakeholder model that governs the Internet today.”
Although members of both parties oppose the U.N. proposals, Republicans have accused Genachowski of adopting his own policies at the FCC that amount to regulation of the Internet.
At a hearing last month, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) accused the Obama administration of hypocrisy for opposing the U.N. effort on Internet control but supporting net-neutrality regulations.
The FCC's net-neutrality rule, which it adopted last year, bars Internet providers from slowing down or speeding up access to websites.
Supporters of the regulation say it preserves competition and protects consumer choice, but opponents argue it stifles Internet freedom.
A Republican-backed bid to repeal the rules died in the Senate last year.