As the WCIT-12 conference in Dubai moved into its final two days, the U.S. delegation announced that it will not sign the revised international telecommunication regulations (ITRs).
While talks at the World Conference on International Telecommunications continued Friday, indications are that week two could be a good deal more controversial than the event's troubled first week, as the United Arab Emirates announced it will submit a surprise "multi-regional" proposal regarding the International Telecommunication Regulations backed by other Arab states and Russia.
As delegates at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) affirmed Article 19 of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights regarding freedom of speech, the U.S. House of Representatives made its own symbolic gesture, voting to adopt a resolution that calls on the U.S. government to oppose United Nations control of the Internet.
The United States and Internet freedom advocates worldwide have sounded the alarm about the WCIT conference being held in Dubai from Dec. 3-14. At stake, they say, is the right to free and unrestricted expression, and the foundation of the Internet itself. But to hear the ITU talk about it, this historic conference is really nothing important.
It's not exactly sabre rattling—more like fiber rattling—but the United States will brook only "minimal" changes to existing rules governing the Internet when those changes are brought up for discussion at an ITU conference in December.
The fight for control of the Internet goes on with the United States taking a stance against what appears to be much of the rest of the world.
The Internet is one of the most remarkable American innovations of the 20th century--but recent international efforts to expand governmental regulation over the Internet put future investment, innovation and societal progress at risk.
The United States is apparently embroiled in another behind-the-scenes cold war with Russia and China. This time the issue is who controls the Internet—the existing U.S.-backed ICANN or the United Nations' ITU.
The G.hnem standard, which creates specifications for AMI and in-home energy management, has entered the final stages at the ITU. G.hnem includes two new recommendations: G.9955 (PHY and system
Hamadoun Toure of Mali will keep his post as the ITU's secretary general as the telecom industry association has appointed him to a second four-year term. Toure won the election with 151 votes with