Washington, D.C. ñ Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Committee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation & Trade, issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1580, a bill that affirms the policy of the United States regarding internet governance. This bipartisan legislation ensures that the internet remains free from international regulation. The bill passed the House with the support of Chairman Poe.

ìThe House made it clear today that the United States will not be subject to the rule of the UN internet police,î said Chairman Poe. ìThis agreement permits a group of authoritarian rulers to use the cover of the United Nations to legitimize spying on and censoring its citizens. This is an affront to all who believe in freedom. Central planners from foreign governments must be exposed for what they are- rogue dictators- not given another excuse to tighten their oppression.î

Note:  In December, at the most recent U.N. International Telecommunications Union (ITU) conference, a coalition of governments voted to give the ITU the authority to regulate the Internet and its content.  In February, the Committee on Foreign Affairsí Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations joined with the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for a joint hearing entitled ìFighting for Internet Freedom: Dubai and Beyond.î