House panel approves Internet freedom bill

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The bill approved by the committee states only that it is U.S. policy "to preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet.”

Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said the bill, which now heads to the House floor, will help the United States battle international attempts to control or censor the Internet 

"This is an important step in showing our nation's resolve, and it will send an important signal to the international community," Upton said.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the top Democrats on the committee and subcommittee, respectively, applauded the Republicans for revising the legislation. 

Waxman said the change "makes clear that this policy statement will not implicate the legitimate activities of the U.S. government online or the authorities of the federal agencies."

The Democrats said they still have some concern with the wording of the bill, but they agreed to vote in favor it.

"It's a compromise I can live with," Eshoo said.