Genachowski, Strickling Talk Net Freedom With Chinese

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According to the State Department, Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski and National Telecommunications & Information Administration head Lawrence Strickling talked with officials from China about Internet Freedom Tuesday. NTIA oversees the government's spectrum holdings.

They were part of a U.S. delegation to the fourth U.S.-China Information and Communications Technology Consultations. The meeting, which was held in Washington with Vice Minister Xi Guohua of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and other Chinese officials, also dealt with the International Telecommunications Union and China's telecom and Internet markets.

In a speech earlier this year at the Newseum, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton staked out the freedom to connect to the Internet as a key foreign policy objective, likening it to the freedom of assembly during a speech that mirrored the Four Freedoms speech of Franklin Roosevelt.

She spoke of Internet freedom as a key to both foreign and domestic policy going forward.

"An attack on one nation's network is an attack on all," Clinton said, adding that the message was for this country as well as our neighbors.