On October 1, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) takes control of the internet here in the United States by an executive order signed by Barack Obama and not passed by Congress.
Many Americans do not know about this or probably even care, but once their websites stop working or some form of tracking system slows down their streaming, then they will be complaining.
This is so weird to me because Democrats want to control everything, so giving up control of the internet to a body that has no U.S. jurisdiction is troubling. There have been warnings about this the last few months. Even Sen. Ted Cruz piggybacked on this as a way to get his feet wet, but I won’t go into that.
Trump now is weighing in on the tragic news hoping to give it a national face and maybe these last few days; the Congress can do something about it.
From The Hill:
Donald Trump on Wednesday came out against a plan for the U.S. to relinquish control of functions central to the internet, backing a group of conservative lawmakers seeking to block it.
“Donald J. Trump is committed to preserving internet freedom for the American people and citizens all over the world,” Trump campaign senior policy director Stephen Miller said in a statement.
“The Republicans in Congress are admirably leading a fight to save the internet this week, and need all the help the American people can give them to be successful,” he added. “Congress needs to act, or internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost.”A plan championed by the Obama administration would see the Department of Commerce end its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an organization that manages the domain name system that connects internet users with websites.
Conservative lawmakers led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are trying to place language in a must-pass government funding measure that would slow or stop the transition. They say that it could give hostile countries power over the internet ecosystem if it is allowed to go forward.
Cruz faced Trump in a heated GOP presidential primary fight that occasionally got personal. Cruz has not endorsed Trump for president, garnering anger for snubbing Trump during his Republican National Convention speech in July.
While Obama is trying to control the internet, conservatives are demanding the government stay off our computers.
I can see Obama telling worried internet users; you won’t even know there’s a change. Sort of like ObamaCare right? The people lose when there is no free market. ” If you like your Dr you can keep your Dr.”
How do you think this is going to end up? Trump is jumping on this a little late while Congress doesn’t seem to have the muscle to shut Obama down. What type of measures should be put in place we don’t lose control over our internet? Share your comments below and add this article to your Facebook and Twitter page.