The U.N. Wants to Regulate and Tax the Internet – Where’s the Outrage from President Obama?

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The U.N. wants to regulate and tax our Internet. They say they don’t. The New York Times agrees with the U.N. and thinks claims to the contrary are the stuff of science fiction novels. There is, however, at least one proposal that leaked out which promises to tax U.S. Internet providers.

A meeting to discuss this and other proposals hashed out in secrecy will take place on December 4th.

Countries like Russia, Brazil, Cuba, India, China, Iran and Saudi Arabia have long sought oversight of the Internet.

On December 4th, the International Telecommunications Union, a U.N. specialty organization, will meet in Dubai to renegotiate a 1988 treaty that protected the Internet from economic and technical regulation according to FCC Commissioner, Robert McDowell, who is trying to shed light on the dangers awaiting us in December.

McDowell has said that even a partial list of their proposals should alarm us. They include subjecting cyber security and Internet privacy to the U.N.; allowing foreign companies to charge fees for any Internet traffic; imposing unprecedented regulations and taxes; imposing ITU dominion over world entities, even nonprofits; controlling Internet engineering run by multi-stakeholder entities; regulating international roaming, and that is just the beginning. [WSJ]

The socialist world needs money for their welfare states. They are salivating over the potential fees they could levy on the Internet even though this technique does nothing for promoting economic growth – they don’t get it or they don’t choose to get it.

Google’s CEO Vinton Cerf has said,

The open Internet has never been at higher risk than it is now… A new international battle is brewing — a battle that will determine the future of the Internet.

Recent leaks revealed that a new proposal by the U.N. is for an internet tax on web content providers such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix. This proposal, which will be discussed in December, was introduced by the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association. [Forbes]

Under this proposal, companies like Apple and Google would be forced to pay heavy fees related to data usage. The U.N. would manage these fees.

The U.N. claims they won’t also ask to tax the Internet, though any of the member nations can make that proposal.

The U.S. will have one vote out of 193 and our president is offering no opposition. He has pledged to support the open Internet but I don’t know if you want to take that to the bank just yet.

Perhaps President Obama subscribes to the New York Times’ view that any talk of a U.N. takeover of the Internet is conspiracy theory nonsense. The Times does admit that big money is at issue but that is pretty much all they admit to.

If the U.N. telecommunications union can regulate and tax Internet providers, that appears to be the beginning of a takeover and it hardly sounds conspiratorial. I can’t think of a good reason to give this level of power to the U.N.

The House recently proposed a bill that would ban taxing the Internet. The bill was primarily meant to bring attention to the upcoming problem.

We could end up with per-click fees for starters. It would close off the Internet to poorer, developing countries.

There is no end if we go down this path, especially since many of the supporters of this are our enemies.

 

Read more at Forbes and at CNN Fortune and House plans to examine the ITU proposals

Click here to read about Vincent Cerf’s testimony before the House Energy and Finance Committee.

Click for Robert McDowell’s take via the WSJ and you will be alarmed.

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