Subcommittee Set to Vote on DOTCOM Act

April 9, 2014

House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) this morning joined Fox and Friends to discuss H.R. 4342, the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2014, and the possible implications of letting control of the Internet fall into the wrong hands. The Communications and Technology Subcommittee will begin consideration of the DOTCOM Act this afternoon.

April 9, 2014

“Part of what we're taking up is legislation from my colleague John Shimkus and Marsha Blackburn that would say we have to have the GAO, the independent government audit agency, evaluate any proposal that the Obama administration comes forward with. We're going to take into account what it looks like in terms of national security, what it looks like in terms of internet freedom, what it looks like in terms of turning this loose because this is a very dangerous proposition.  Once let go, I don’t think there is a way to ever get it back,” said Walden.

Authored by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), the DOTCOM Act was drafted in response to the Obama administration’s proposal regarding the future of the Internet. The proposal instructs the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to explore ways to remove the United States from its oversight role of the Domain Name System (DNS) and replace it with a different multistakeholder governance model. H.R. 4342 would direct the Government Accountability Office to study the proposed changes and present a non-partisan evaluation before the administration may take action to modify the current DNS.