Trump Formally Opposes Obama’s Internet Plan

The Obama Administration has supported a plan to end the Department of Commerce contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).  ICANN manages the domain name system that connects users with websites.  The move comes as democrats, including Hillary Clinton, seek to use direct power and safeguard internet content at their discretion.

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The Trump campaign released the following statement online, opposing the move: “Donald J. Trump is committed to preserving Internet freedom for the American people and citizens all over the world. The U.S. should not turn control of the Internet over to the United Nations and the international community. President Obama intends to do so on his own authority.” 

The Republican Congress, including Ted Cruz, is attempting to delay the transition.  Ted Cruz, Trump’s opponent in the Republican presidential primary race, publicly thanked Trump for his support, tweeting “Appreciate @realDonaldTrump’s support of our efforts to stop Obama’s Internet handover & keep the Internet free.”