“As the Internet continues to become more integrated into virtually every aspect of our lives we must ensure that it remains free of unnecessary government influence and manipulation," the text continues.
Issa's proposed text also strikes a libertarian tone by stating that Americans "have a right to be secure in their intellectual property on the Internet."
"It is [Issa's] firm belief that Internet freedom, personal freedom and economic openness are intrinsic to the values of the Republican Party, and he hopes that they will be included in the party platform considered and ratified by delegates in Tampa," an Issa aide said.
Meanwhile, early drafts of the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) platform included text that advocated for Internet freedom globally, a source involved in the drafting process told the U.S. News & World Report. They did not confirm whether that text made it into the final version of the platform.
Requests for comment were not returned by the DNC.
The definition of Internet freedom has been somewhat of a fuzzy one in tech policy circles and differs slightly from group to group. For example, some Democrats and progressive groups consider net neutrality — a policy that calls on Internet service providers to treat all Web traffic equally — as a principle of Internet freedom. Republicans and some libertarian groups, however, staunchly oppose net neutrality rules and consider it unnecessary government regulation of the Internet.
That division was apparent earlier this summer when advocacy groups took sides on two rival Internet freedom declarations.