Could Russia, China Seize Control of the Internet?
Some Republican lawmakers fear the Obama administration's plan to relinquish U.S. oversight of the World Wide Web could result in Russia or China taking control.
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and dozens of other Republican congressmen are backing a bill to prevent that from happening until the Government Accountability Office can examine the fallout.
The lawmakers warn that if authoritarian regimes gain control of the Internet, they could block content and even shut down certain sites.
While the United States does not control the World Wide Web, the organization that manages the Internet address system is empowered by its contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Obama administration says it will end that contract before October 2015, when the transfer of authority is set to take place.