Once the U.S. government has control of something it never, ever gives it up. That is, unless it has a really good, self-serving reason. Knowing this I ponder why the Hussein Obama administration is preparing to hand control over of the internet to someone else (likely the United Nations).
If the UN can be summed up in one word, that word is “communist”. A good adjective for “communist”, as it concerns the UN, would be “corrupt”. Fortunately, these may be modified (always) by “grossly incompetent”. Seriously, name one thing the UN has proved good at other than pitiful bumbling.
When the Obama administration announced its plan to give up U.S. protection of the internet, it promised the United Nations would never take control. But because of the administration’s naiveté or arrogance, U.N. control is the likely result if the U.S. gives up internet stewardship as planned at midnight on Sept. 30.
On Friday Americans for Limited Government received a response to its Freedom of Information Act request for “all records relating to legal and policy analysis . . . concerning antitrust issues for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” if the U.S. gives up oversight. The administration replied it had “conducted a thorough search for responsive records within its possession and control and found no records responsive to your request.”
It’s shocking the administration admits it has no plan for how Icann retains its antitrust exemption. The reason Icann can operate the entire World Wide Web root zone is that it has the status of a legal monopolist, stemming from its contract with the Commerce Department that makes Icann an “instrumentality” of government.
– L. Gordon Crovitz, The Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2016.
No, Mr. Crovitz, it is not shocking that this administration lies and then has no plan. That’s what they do. All they do. That’s their legacy.
How will this play out, if it comes to pass? That’s hard to say. It probably won’t mean much in the immediate future. The UN will likely search the globe for the highest bribes and then turn the internet over to the payor(s) of choice. Places like the U.S., Britain and Russia will probably see few ill effects for a while at least.
It may not matter at all. The internet hit its heyday some 10 years ago. Since then it has been getting slower and less responsive as more and more ads and other garbage float around constantly reducing speed and efficiency.
The existing internet structure, invented in the U.S. though not by Albert Gore, has just about reached its limits. Plans are afoot for a speedier, bigger and better, market-based replacement. When the time comes I will upgrade if necessary.
There are a few constants in the universe: The UN is a failure. Hussein Obama has no idea what to do (other than prevaricate). And technology steams ahead. Let them RAM that in their ROM.