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Technology: Will your business have a say in how the Internet is run?

Several emerging nations push for increased government control of Internet

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell recently delivered a speech warning that “the effort to radically reverse the long-standing international consensus to keep governments from regulating core functions of the Internet’s ecosystem has been gaining momentum. The reach, scope and seriousness of this effort are nothing short of massive.”

Head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Larry Strickling has likewise sounded the alert about efforts “to shoehorn the Internet into a supranational regulatory body where it simply doesn’t belong....An Internet constrained by an international treaty will stifle the innovators and entrepreneurs who are responsible for its awesome growth.”


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R. Shawn Gunnarson

R. Shawn Gunnarson is a shareholder and business attorney specializing in information technology with Kirton McConkie. He can be reached at (801) 328-3600 or

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