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              FILE - In this April 13, 2012, file photo United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, speaks with Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU),during a photo session of the UN Chief Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland. Secret negotiations, preparing for a first-ever summit on international telecommunications, have sparked a wave of rumors, the juiciest of which has the UN seizing control of the Internet from a coalition of nongovernmental organizations that establish web policies, standards and rules. Toure, who will be running the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai this December calls the rumor “ridiculous.” (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)
              FILE - In this April 13, 2012, file photo United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, speaks with Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU),during a photo session of the UN Chief Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland. Secret negotiations, preparing for a first-ever summit on international telecommunications, have sparked a wave of rumors, the juiciest of which has the UN seizing control of the Internet from a coalition of nongovernmental organizations that establish web policies, standards and rules. Toure, who will be running the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai this December calls the rumor “ridiculous.” (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)   

US continues fight against Arab, Chinese and Russian push for UN Internet regulation

Russian president Vladimir Putin, while still prime minister of Russia, had openly expressed his preference for the ITU to be the U.N. agency to regulate the Internet.

The poor human rights track records of various authoritarian regimes, as well as their histories of Internet censorship and suppression of dissidents, sparked vigorous opposition from U.S. leaders against movements aimed at international regulation of the Internet.

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, for example, has been an outspoken opponent of international efforts by Putin and others to disrupt the current multi-stakeholder model of governance over the Internet, which The Daily Caller first reported more than a year ago. (RELATED: FCC commissioner fears Internet takeover)

Both Republicans and Democrats also voted this summer to include various aspects of Internet freedom language in their party platforms. TheDC first reported that the Republican Party was the first to do so.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bicameral and bipartisan resolution to oppose any effort by the U.N. to regulate the Internet – the product of a resolution first introduced by now-outgoing California Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack in 2011.

Google, the AFL-CIO and other U.S. entities have also voiced similar opposition. Google in particular has expressed concern that engineers do not have the ability to vote at the conference.

While the U.S.’ record on Internet freedom issues, such as censorship and surveillance, has been less than sterling, a recent study by U.S.-based democracy advocacy organization Freedom House that examined conditions for Internet freedom among 47 countries ranked the U.S. second in the world, behind Estonia.

The conference, which began on December 3, 2012, ends Friday.

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