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H.R. 1580 (113th): To affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance.

The text of the bill below is as of May 15, 2013 (Referred to Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1580


May 15, 2013

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


To affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance.



The Congress finds the following:


Given the importance of the Internet to the global economy, it is essential that the Internet remain stable, secure, and free from government control.


The world deserves the access to knowledge, services, commerce, and communication, the accompanying benefits to economic development, education, and health care, and the informed discussion that is the bedrock of democratic self-government that the Internet provides.


The structure of Internet governance has profound implications for competition and trade, democratization, free expression, and access to information.


Countries have obligations to protect human rights, whether exercised online or offline.


The ability to innovate, develop technical capacity, grasp economic opportunities, and promote freedom of expression online is best realized in cooperation with all stakeholders.


Proposals have been, and will likely continue to be, put forward at international regulatory bodies that would fundamentally alter the governance and operation of the Internet.


The proposals would attempt to justify increased government control over the Internet and could undermine the current multistakeholder model that has enabled the Internet to flourish and under which the private sector, civil society, academia, and individual users play an important role in charting its direction.


The proposals would diminish the freedom of expression on the Internet in favor of government control over content.


The position of the United States Government has been and is to advocate for the flow of information free from government control.


This Administration and past Administrations have made a strong commitment to the multistakeholder model of Internet governance and the promotion of the global benefits of the Internet.


Policy regarding Internet governance

It is the policy of the United States to preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet.

Passed the House of Representatives May 14, 2013.

Karen L. Haas,