May 31, 2012

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) on Thursday applauded a bipartisan House resolution opposing any government control and regulation of the Internet.  An International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference later this year in Dubai will include consideration of proposals to shift regulatory control of the Internet to that UN body — a move ITI strongly opposes. 

ITI Director of Government Relations Vince Jesaitis commented that the House resolution, expected to be discussed at a subcommittee hearing later this morning, would send a strong signal that the Internet, and the innovation it has helped to foster, should stay free of government interference.  

“ITI and our member companies have long championed protecting and preserving the Internet as an engine for innovation and progress around the globe.  Misguided efforts to control it through government regulation would freeze innovation and have a chilling effect on free speech and free enterprise.

“What makes the Internet thrive isn’t government control, but global collaboration and individual creativity.  Stakeholder groups work in voluntary, collaborative approaches to set standards which, since the creation of the Web, have helped to foster unprecedented growth and innovation in fields from technology to medicine to manufacturing, and revolutionized the way  people across the globe work, learn, and play.  Shifting from this open, consensus-based approach to government-dominated control would stifle market-led competition and rob Internet users of much of the freedom they enjoy online today.  

“ITI thanks Chairman Bono-Mack, Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Waxman, Chairman Walden, and Ranking Member Eshoo for their commitment to a free and open Internet, and we urge the Congress to show its strong support as well.”

About ITI

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is the premier voice, advocate, and thought leader for the information and communications technology industry.  ITI is widely recognized as the tech industry’s most effective advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., and in capitals and key markets around the world.  Our members are leaders in the top tier of the innovation sector in the United States and around the globe, and include ten of the world’s 50 largest companies, and ten percent of both the Fortune 50 and Fortune 100 companies.