Internet Take Over


 
One of our conservative women readers sent the following  comments regarding the Internet handover that is planned by Obama.   Below the comments,  you will see an official press release from Senator Ted Cruz regarding the internet handover and who is supporting the effort to stop it.  Nancy
 
 
We should all be deeply concerned at this latest gambit by Obama to hand over control of the internet to anyone or any country or any group to control.  This is the same move Obama made in giving up our own space shuttle operation in favor of hitching a ride with the Russians to the space stations.  What if the Russians deny us access to the space station, what if Russia starts making the space station a weapons installation? You never give up high ground, it’s the same with the internet; giving up control of the internet is giving up high ground in terms of world wide communications.  
We should all be flooding our Congressional leaders to not let this happen.  Once we loose control over who determines domaine of the internet, it will be very hard to come up with a parallel system, or regain control to unfettered access to the internet.
As an example, I served as a library board member and many wanted filters put on computers to “protect” our children and others from seeing harmful information.  But can you imagine when others start saying what you can and cannot access?  You cannot let others determine what you want to read or discover.  I realize many think filters protect you, they do not.  I realize many will disagree and say we should not let children see morally reprehensible information, I agree, but it’s parents that need to determine what their children see, not some third world entity. 
And letting others control domaine issues will be far worse.  You’ll have whoever/whatever is in control determining what information you have access too.  Want to find out who is violating human rights, well you won’t be able to if the Russians, or some other human rights violator, has control.  Want to find out the latest research in cancer treatments, not if someone thinks Americans shouldn’t have that information.  This is a freedom of information issue that is tantamount to preserving our liberty.  I sincerely hope people will look into this issue.

 

 

 

 

UNITED STATES SENATE

Sen. Ted Cruz Press Office

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cruz Press Office: 202-228-7561

Rachael Slobodien: rachael_slobodien@cruz.senate.gov

Phil Novack: phil_novack@cruz.senate.gov

September 12, 2016

 

ICYMI: Conservative Stalwarts Affirm Cruz’s Efforts to Save Internet Freedom

Conservative Action Project calls for congressional action to stop Obama’s Internet handover

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 108 conservative leaders with the Conservative Action Project (CAP), including former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, CAP Chairwoman Becky Norton Dunlop, Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell, ForAmerica president David Bozell, and Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham, among others, issued amemo calling on Congress to stop President Obama’s Internet handover before it goes into effect on October 1. The conservative group also praised Sen. Cruz’s and Rep. Duffy’s Protecting Internet Freedom Act, which will ensure protection of Internet freedom by prohibiting the current contract from expiring.

 

“…The internet has become the foundation of international commerce for one reason. It operates under the protection of American legal, cultural, and political freedoms,” the memo reads. “…Perhaps none of Mr. Obama’s actions during his two terms will do as irreparable damage to our national security as his transferring the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the foreign government-controlled Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on October 1, 2016.”

 

The memo continues, “Congress must take action before October 1 in order to preserve the independence of the world wide web that has been such a blessing to the world. We believe that it is our duty to hold every Member of Congress, House or Senate, Democrat or Republican individually responsible should they allow Mr. Obama to unilaterally take this brazen step in disregard of Congressional mandates.”

 

Read the CAP memo in its entirety here and below:

 

September 12, 2016

Washington, D.C.

 

“We bought it, we paid for it, we built it, and we intend to keep it.”

 

Ronald Reagan, March 31, 1976, recommending that the (now Chinese controlled) canal in Panama not be tossed away.

 

Governor Reagan was referring to only one strategic American asset.

 

On October 1, 2016, President Barack Obama will hand to Iran, China, Russia, and others control of perhaps America's single greatest strategic asset - the world wide web known as the internet.

 

The internet has become the foundation of international commerce for one reason. It operates under the protection of American legal, cultural, and political freedoms.

 

Totalitarian regimes have sought to block access to the internet within their borders. However, America's Constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech has allowed even disfavored websites to be accessed via often difficult, but possible work-arounds.

 

Forces around the globe desire to control this medium. Shut down its fairness. Steal its commercial communications and secrets.

 

Perhaps none of Mr. Obama's actions during his two terms will do as irreparable damage to our national security as his transferring the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the foreign government-controlled Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on October 1, 2016.

 

Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution of the United States clearly states that only "The Congress shall have power to dispose of ... property belonging to the United States."  Twice Congress has passed, and the President has signed, legislation to prevent Mr. Obama from using funds to transfer the Internet to foreign control.

 

The Protecting Internet Freedom Act by Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Sean Duffy will ensure the continued protection of internet freedom by prohibiting the National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Administration (NTIA) from allowing the IANA functions contract to expire. It will ensure that the United States maintains sole ownership of the .gov and .mil top-level domains, which are vital to national security.

 

Congress must take action before October 1 in order to preserve the independence of the world wide web that has been such a blessing to the world.

 

We believe that it is our duty to hold every Member of Congress, House or Senate, Democrat or Republican individually responsible should they allow Mr. Obama to unilaterally take this brazen step in disregard of Congressional mandates.

 

No other nation would even consider discarding such a valuable strategic asset.

 

In the next few days we will have the names of those in Washington who are there to protect America and those who are not.

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Sign the Petition to keep the Internet Free (From MACPAC) http://www.douglasmediacorp.com/macpac/petition-free-the-internet/

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From: From the Office of Senator Thom Tillis [mailto:donotreply@tillis.senate.gov
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 3:58 PM
To: dalderfer2567@charter.net
Subject: Response from Senator Tillis

 The following letter was written by Sen Thom Tillis to Dorothea Alderfer regarding his stand on the Internet Sales tax, dated 2/18, 2015. Yes of No?  Make sure you hold him accountable.  No Internet tax.  

 

 

Dear Mrs. Alderfer:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts regarding net neutrality.  I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

Net neutrality is the principle that every Internet Service Provider (ISP) will be required to treat all data traveling over their networks equally.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attempted to put rules in place to enforce net neutrality on two separate occasions, but they were struck down by the federal appeals court both times.

As you may know, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a proposal to adopt net neutrality rules and reclassify broadband Internet access services as telecommunication services under Title II of the Communications Act.  The FCC Commission is expected to vote on the 332 page proposal at the end of the month.

I support a governing framework for the Internet that allows more competition, more privacy, and more freedom of speech.  I believe that less government regulation, not more, provides for the best opportunity for the Internet to continue to be a major source of innovation and economic growth for the United Statesand the rest of the world.  When the issue comes before the Senate, I will carefully consider everything you have said in making a decision on what is best for North Carolina and the rest of the country.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. It is important to hear from citizens themselves on issues that affect the state and the nation.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again about other important issues. 

Sincerely,

 

 

Thom Tillis
U.S. Senator

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Internet Sales Tax:  http://heritageactionsentinel.com/issue/#

Dear Friends,

Obamacare, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal--these are just a few examples of what happens when we give government huge power without oversight. 



It's about to happen again--the Obama Administration is fighting for a government takeover of the Internet and the Federal Communications Commission is going to vote on it February 26th, 2015. That's why I am writing you today--I need your help to stop this.


President Obama came out a few weeks ago urging the FCC to vote to regulate the Internet the same way that it regulates public utilities under Title II. What this means is that, for the first time, billions of dollars in fees will be attached to Internet service just like they are to telephone service. 

You see, under Title II if someone wants to own a telephone company, there are fees baked into the law--fees companies pass on to customers. 



Now, under this new regulatory regime, Internet service providers will be subject to these fees as well, and then pass them on to you, the consumer. 



This is essentially a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on. 


The Internet is built on speed and dynamism, it's always changing, there are always new and better ideas that are exploding onto the scene, and part of the reason for that is that innovators are not having to go ask Washington, DC for permission every time they want to do something new. 



What this really comes down to is a fundamental question:

Who do you want in charge of the direction of the Internet: people at dot-com startups that brought us game changing companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon and Uber; or nameless, faceless, unelected bureaucrats in our nation's capital?

 

There is another aspect of this that gets overlooked: the Internet is an incredibly important force for freedom, for liberty, and the rights of free speech that we hold dear. It is an existential threat to tyrants in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia who seek to keep information from their people. 



We must preserve the high ground for the United States to stand up to these countries and tell them to keep the Internet free and preserve free speech on the Internet throughout the world. We cannot do that if we are regulating the Internet in a similar manner ourselves. 


I am not accusing anyone of sinister motives here, but I am deeply concerned about the idea of any government bureaucrat having the power to tell companies what they can and cannot do. In the long term, this could have a chilling effect on political speech, in ways that today we could not even begin to imagine. 



We do not have much time left to stop this gigantic government takeover of the Internet. The FCC is voting on February 26th and the Left is mobilizing to support their effort to do so. We cannot let the conversation be totally one-sided. The FCC needs to hear from us today--not tomorrow or next week or next month. Today.



Please join me and go sign the petition to keep the Internet free. We must stand for liberty and preserve the Internet free of government interference. 

Thank you for standing for Internet freedom. 

Sincerely,

Senator Mike Lee
Republican-Utah



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