27 March 2014

Congressional Committee Hearing April 2 on Future of the Internet

What impact will the following have on NETmundial and ICANN?

Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Majority (202) 225-2927
Minority (202) 225-3641

March 26, 2014

Committee on Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The title of the hearing is “Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience, and Freedom of the Global Internet.” Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only. The hearing webcast will be available at http://energycommerce.house.gov/.

By Order of Chairman Walden
source: http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IF/IF16/20140402/102044/HHRG-113-IF16-20140402-SD001.pdf

Members of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology:
Republicans - Chairman: Greg Walden (OR); Vice Chairman: Bob Latta (OH); John Shimkus (IL); Lee Terry (NE); Mike Rogers (MI); Marsha Blackburn (TN); Steve Scalise (LA); Leonard Lance (NJ); Brett Guthrie (KY); Cory Gardner (CO); Mike Pompeo (KS); Adam Kinzinger (IL); Billy Long (MO); Renee Ellmers (NC); Joe Barton (TX); Fred Upton (MI)
Democrats - Ranking Member: Anna G. Eshoo (CA); Michael F. Doyle (PA); Doris O. Matsui (CA); Bruce Braley (IA); Peter Welch (VT); Ben Ray Lujan (NM); John D. Dingell (MI); Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ); Bobby L. Rush, (IL); Diana DeGette (CO); Jim Matheson (UT); G.K. Butterfield (NC); Henry A. Waxman (CA).

Committee Leaders Pledge Robust Oversight on Administration Announcement on Future of the Internet; Hearing Scheduled for First Week of April | Energy & Commerce Committee: Committee Leaders Pledge Robust Oversight on Administration Announcement on Future of the Internet; Hearing Scheduled for First Week of April . . . Committee Will Hold Hearing the First Week of April as Administration Examines Whether Department of Commerce Can Turn DNS Functions Over to Internet Stakeholders

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today pledged to conduct aggressive oversight following the recent announcement by the Obama administration on the future of Internet governance. The administration is looking to engage the multi-stakeholder Internet community to investigate future models for administration of the Domain Name System (DNS). The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announcement asks the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to commence a process to determine what steps can be taken to move DNS functions into the multi-stakeholder model without jeopardizing the security and freedom that have fostered the Internet’s success.

“The Internet changed the world, and we must ensure the world does not change the Internet,” said Upton and Walden. “The Internet has thrived across the globe under the existing multi-stakeholder effort, and should serve as a guide for the future. We welcome a thoughtful discussion amongst Internet stakeholders on the Department of Commerce’s role in the DNS. But changes to the current model should be approached with a cautious and careful eye. The Energy and Commerce Committee has been at the forefront of the effort to preserve Internet openness and freedom. We will continue to conduct robust oversight to ensure that before any changes are considered we safeguard that no government or intergovernmental body takes over critical DNS functions. We have many questions, and look forward to a thorough examination the first week of April.”

Additional hearing details, the Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

- See more at: http://energycommerce.house.gov/press-release/committee-leaders-pledge-robust-oversight-administration-announcement-future-internet#sthash.QVKwPIJA.dpuf

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