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CEA’s Shapiro Reinforces Call For Web Freedom

Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is commending Congress on its Global Internet Hearing and calling on it to support Internet freedom.

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CEA, issued a statement regarding today’s joint U.S. House of Representatives hearing on Internet freedom. He said, “The open and uncensored Internet is a great engine of social and economic progress — but it is under threat. Through the United Nation’s agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a number of countries are attempting to establish greater governmental control of the Internet. Their efforts, if successful, could destroy the open and innovative technology platform that millions around the world need and trust.”

Shapiro added, “As the world’s technology leader, it is essential that the United States persuade other nations of the benefits of an open Internet. We must provide the example. We must continue to walk the walk, not just talk about preserving Internet Freedom. We commend the Commerce and Foreign Affairs Committees for today’s hearing reinforcing America’s commitment to keeping the Internet open and safe from government censorship and interference. We look forward to working with Congress to protect and promote a global Internet free from government control.”