Communications and Technology Subcommittee Vote on H.R. 4342, the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 4:00pm and Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 9:00am
2123 Rayburn
Background Documents and Information: 

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.

Markup Notice

Background Memo

H.R. 4342, the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2014

For more on the subcommittee's April 2, 2014 hearing entitled "Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience, and Freedom of the Global Internet," click here.

For a press release announcing this markup, click here.

For a press release regarding the subcommittee's approval of the DOTCOM Act, click here.

Amendments & Votes: 

H.R. 4342, the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2014

Author Description and Link to Text Outcome Vote
Eshoo Regarding findings and a policy statement Not agreed to 6-12
Doyle Regarding a GAO report Not agreed to 11-16
Matsui Regarding a GAO report Not agreed to Voice
Lujan Regarding a GAO report Not agreed to Voice

H.R. 4342, the Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act of 2014 was approved by a vote of 16-10.

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