PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark
Brnovich has joined the attorneys general from Texas, Oklahoma and Nevada in a
lawsuit against the Obama administration in an attempt to stop it from ceding
U.S. government trusteeship of the Internet to an unregulated and
nongovernmental international body.
Those involved in the lawsuit believe the transfer is
unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment. Brnovich and the other attorneys general seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction
blocking the federal government’s relinquishment of authority
over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
nonprofit entity, provides technical coordination for the Internet’s
domain name system (DNS).
“There are too many
questions that remain unresolved before the U.S. government hands over
stewardship of the Internet to an unaccountable group of international
stakeholders,” Brnovich said. “The continued freedom of the Internet is too important for our
government to allow a half-baked transfer to proceed.”
The other attorneys general in the lawsuit are Nevada
Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton.