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Are we facing the beginning of the end of a free and open Internet?

Chief White House Correspondent James Rosen reported on what some Republicans are describing as relinquishing control of the Internet to authoritarian regimes.

On Oct. 1, under a plan in place for two decades, the Commerce Department will cease to exercise contractual control over a Los Angeles-based non-profit called the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the entity that approves the .com's, .gov's and other Internet domain names.

Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Ted Cruz, today grilled Commerce Department and ICANN officials about the planned transition.

A bill introduced by Cruz called the Protecting Internet Freedom Act would, according to Cruz, "prevent the Obama administration from giving the Internet away to a global organization that will allow over 160 foreign governments to have increased influence over the management and operation of the Internet."

Watch Rosen's report on the hearing above.

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