Attorneys General Seek To Block Feds Internet Transfer

Attorneys General in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nevada filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday night to stop the Obama Administration from ceding U.S. Government trusteeship of the Internet to an unregulated and nongovernmental international body. The lawsuit challenges the Constitutionality of the transfer and alleges violations of the First Amendment.

The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to block the Federal Government’s plan to relinquish authority over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) on October 1, 2016. ICANN is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the technical coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).

In March of this year, ICANN submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to transfer control of ICANN functions to a global Internet community.

The suit involves the Federal Government’s stated plan to abandon NTIA’s option rights under its contract with ICANN, cancel its cooperative agreement with Verisign, Inc.; delegate its authority to approve changes to the Internet’s root zone file; and otherwise take steps to cede U.S. government trusteeship over functions that it has deemed are “vital to the stability and correct functioning of the Internet,” without statutory authority to do so and in violation of the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment.

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also joined the suit.

The action was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

The lawsuit names the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator for NTIA Lawrence Strickling as Defendants.

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8 Comments

  1. This is Obama’s back door attempt to get US taxpayers to give more funds to the UN to develop a one world government that can strip you of the USC. Our country is being given away by marxist thugs. Who will stop them, Congress? McCain is 80.

  2. At least some elected officials in the U. S. are fighting Obama`s attempt to subordinate America to the world wide leftist movement. Where are our Senators and Congressmen on this potentially devastating transfer of control of the internet to an unaccountable “non-profit” organ?

  3. This is a classic case of a solution looking for a problem. There is no problem other than a desire my far left wingers in pursuit of globalism to give up US stewardship of the internet….for what….why? Would China, Russia, Iran be in favor of this if it was not to our detriment? Another wtf moment after hundreds of them in the last 8 years.

  4. Clear as MUD – so what’s the effect ? All the internet names and domain names change and we have to pay some other nation a fee to have one? WTF?

    • Plus, if you don’t meet the political standards of some nation then you can be denied a domain. Look at how China and a few other nations handle the internet, and then ask yourself WTF do I want them having any say over the internet for me.

    • Because it would have been thrown out. Judges (even the few honest ones left in the age of Obama) don’t like to interfere when something is being addressed by the legislative branch.

      Now that it has failed in Congress – and there is “imminent possible harm” involved – the Courts can’t just pass the buck.

  5. obummer is the MOST Offensive thing on our planet and once again he thinks that he is a King and can do whatever he wish’s just by saying so.

    He is the worst president that our once great country has ever had and the way he has screwed our nation and, “we the people”, only makes me believe more and more that only a person that was not born in our nation would do the horrendous harm that he has done.

    I personally believe that he has shown that he is the Domestic enemy that our Founding Fathers were afraid would one day RULE over our daily lives and also a Home grown Terrorist…….GO TRUMP, GO TRUMP, GO TRUMP.

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