To The Daily Sun,
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affords us more protection for free speech than anywhere else in the world. As long as the United States government has authority to oversee the infrastructure of the Internet it has a duty to ensure that no website is denied Internet access because of the ideas it espouses. Once our government relinquishes its control our First Amendment protections on the Internet go away. The First Amendment binds our government, not private individuals.
At stake is responsibility for an organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This corporation oversees internet domain names, who gets them and what they consist of. After Sept. 30, if the U.N. assumes effective control over ICANN, it can use its position to ban pro-gun speech on the Internet or make other changes it sees fit to implement.
The transfer of control of the Internet to interests outside the U.S. imperils our right to free speech online. America's current Executive Branch of the federal government has moved to transfer of control of the Internet to interests outside America. A subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the matter Sept. 14. http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/protecting-internet-freedom-implications-of-ending-us-oversight-of-the-internet
It is time to stand tall for free speech. America should retain control of our communications so our rights will be protected. Please reach out to your elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate. Let them know your position on free speech. Let them know you have strong feelings about giving away our sovereignty. You can reach out to them at:
Kelly Ayotte https://www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=contact or by tel. 202-224-3324
Jeanne Shaheen https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/contact/ or by tel. 202-224-2841
Frank Guinta https://guinta.house.gov/contact/email or by tel. 202-225-5456
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