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Republicans Uneasy About ICANN Decision, Schedule Hearing

As expected, Republicans are starting to fret somewhat over the Obama administration’s announcement late Friday that the U.S. plans to give up oversight of ICANN, the Internet management body, in 2015. Conservatives have argued in the past that the U.S. needs to protect what control it has over the Internet and keep countries like China and Russia, which limit what citizens can see online, from making oversight decisions. House Energy and Commerce Republicans said Tuesday they’ll “conduct aggressive oversight” over the decision and plan to hold a hearing in early April.

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