Congress still blocking US from releasing control of the internet

Late Tuesday night, after the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Republican leaders in Congress released a $1.15 trillion budget proposal. It’s a massive bill with several huge points of contention, including tax breaks and military spending, but nestled within its 2,009 pages is a small provision that could frustrate attempts to loosen the country’s …

DOTCOM Act Passed giving Congress more oversight over the IANA transition

“I’ve said time and again that this is far too important to rush and that we must carefully consider all of the potential consequences and outcomes before any transition occurs,” –Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) The House of Representatives easily passed the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act authored by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), …

US House Communications Subcommittee Approves DOTCOM Bill

On a pure party line vote following a markup with plenty of partisan debate, the House Communications Subcommittee favorably reported the DOTCOM (Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters) Act to the full committee. The vote was 16 to 10. The bill would require the GAO to complete a report on the National Telecommunications & Information …