• On December 13, 2012, several Republican members of the House Commerce Committee, led by its Chair, Fred Upton, R-Mich, issued a statement praising the resolve of the U.S. delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). After a late-night vote succeeded in expanding the reach of the International Telecommunications Union over the Internet, Ambassador Terry Kramer gave a public statement that the U.S. will not sign the resulting treaty. The members’ statement reads, in part, “Ambassador Kramer and the U.S. delegation should be commended for their principled stance on behalf of Internet users around the globe. ... We thank Ambassador Kramer, Ambassador Verveer, and the rest of the U.S. delegation for having the courage to stand for the principles of the Congress, the administration, the American people, and people around the world who have benefitted from the discourse and commerce the Internet fosters.” To read the full statement, click here.