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From page A4 | May 12, 2014 |

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Everyone understands the logic of that aphorism. Everyone but the Obama administration. From claiming the Polar Vortex is the fault of “global warming” to claiming requiring dead voters or multi-state voters to show their ID is “supressing minority voters,” the Obama administration is spending our tax dollars fixing what ain’t broke.

The most recent example is the plan to turn Internet domain names over to the United Nations or some international group of smiliar ilk.

This would replace the U.S. Commerce Department, which has overseen the “root zone file” of the Internet and the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers. Called Icahn, this organization has been overseen by the Commerce Department in a very laissez-faire manner that has allowed the freedom of anyone to start a Website, create a Facebook page and post on Twitter and a number of other similar sites with absolute freedom. The root of the Internet stores all names and addresses for Websites worldwide and Icahn controls Web addresses and domains.

The U.S. has kept this largely free, while countries like China, Turkey and Russia have sought control over the Internet and criminalized many activities. Turning over control of Icahn and the root zone file to some international body and especially the U.N. would kill off the freedom of the Internet.

Under the auspices of the U.S., where it was originally invented by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Internet and Worldwide Web have become an engine of economic growth and efficiency. Remember when DARPA created ARPANET in the 1960s and ’70s? Then it was shared with academia and the National Science Foundation in 1981. The scientists and academics restricted its use, but it escaped their control. It was just too fun and easy. It soon moved into the commercial domain. The Mountain Democrat has had its own Website since 1996.

Congress needs to act to stop this transfer of control to the U.N. or any other international body. America needs to remain a beacon of freedom for the world and for the Worldwide Web. Its our invention. Don’t surrender control of the patent to dictators and despots.

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