Items tagged "ITU"

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Sorting out the past 36 hours at the WCIT

December 13, 2012 Broadband , International , ITU , Open Internet

Anyone following the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) over the last 36 hours knows this has become a moment of high drama around the International Telecommunications regulations (ITRs) and the role of the ITU for internet-related issues.

Unfortunately, that is probably the only thing anyone can say for certain. Even the member states on the ground have expressed confusion on critical matters, such as whether the widely reported “vote” on a resolution that included express language relating to the internet was really a vote or not. 

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How to Follow the WCIT

December 10, 2012 International , ITU

Greetings from Dubai! As an advisory member of the U.S. Delegation, I am not really able to comment on the substance of what is going on since there is only one spokesperson for the delegation.  That said, I can provide some basic guidance for those trying to follow this at home. Because, for the first time, you can (sort of) follow along at home through the ITU webcast of the Plennary and Committee 5 of WCIT and the transcription of captioning. (I get to what Plenary and “Com5” are below). There is also an official ITU blog here.

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Civil Society Groups Call for More Opennness in WCIT Process

December 9, 2012 International , ITU , Transparency

[NOTE:If you’re concerned about what the WCIT might mean for international Internet governance, Monday is the time to watch. Some of the most controversial proposals for changes to the international treaty on telecommunications will be discussed in the plenary session Monday evening in Dubai (that’s going to be about 11:30 Eastern Time). The ITU has been live-streaming the plenary sessions here.] Today, a number of civil society groups involved in the ITU’s World Conference on International Telecommunications (“WCIT”) sent a letter to the Secretary General of the ITU, urging him to increase openness and transparency of the ITU to civil society and the world at large.

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The ITU: How we got here, how PK is involved, and what’s at stake

October 22, 2012 International , ITU , Open Internet

This December, the 193 countries of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will gather in Dubai to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). Before diving into specific issues and proposals, let’s lay out how we got here, how PK is involved, and what’s at stake.

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Not-So-Hidden Agendas Threaten the ITU “Kumbaya” Moment

August 17, 2012 Broadband Authority , ITU , Network Neutrality

One of the things that has drawn Public Knowledge to be an active participant in the effort to ensure that the United Nations doesn’t become an Internet regulatory or governance body is the fact that nearly every civil society group, policymaker and industry representative is on the same page.  

As I have said previously, it is one of those very rare “kumbaya” moments in communications policy debates where there is consensus – when the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) meets at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai this December, its jurisdiction should not expand to encompass Internet policymaking.

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USTR Keeps Making ITU Look Good On Transparency, Which Is Bad For Everyone.

July 2, 2012 International , ITU , TPP

Pointing out that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) does not understand the concept of “transparency” hardly qualifies as news. It’s kinda like “Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Places Last In Pulled Pork Bar-B-Q Contest.” But every now and then, USTR’s generalized failure to understand why increasing public participation, sharing more information with the public, and generally bringing the standard of transparency up to what we would actually consider vaguely transparent actually threatens U.S. interests in other areas.

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The ITU WCIT And Internet Freedom

June 18, 2012 International , ITU

Very few people ever heard of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) until recently – and with good reason. For more than 100 years, the ITU managed quite nicely serving as the forum for countries and telecom carriers to coordinate insanely-technical-mind-numbingly-boring-but-really-really-important stuff related to making the phone network work internationally, distributing satellite slots, and trying to harmonize what frequencies countries allocate to what services. But now the ITU has suddenly become very interesting. Why? Because the ITU members will hold a rare meeting — the World Conference on International Communications (WCIT) – where the 193 member countries will vote on whether to amend the current ITU rules (“ITRs”) that set the framework for all this extremely important boringness.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Verizon Pricing, Music Mergers, and More

June 15, 2012 Competition , Data Caps , ITU

On today’s podcast we discuss what the new Verizon pricing plans tell us about the wireless industry and give quick updates on the UMG-EMI merger, 1201 hearings, and the ITU.

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Internet Governance: The Way It Works Now

June 14, 2012 International , ITU

There has been a lot of talk recently about the ITU getting involved with regulating aspects of the Internet. But some of you may be wondering how the Internet is governed now. If you don’t have multiple hours to devote to the rabbit warren of Wikipedia articles on the subject, read on for a brief explanation of the current organizations involved in Internet governance.

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Why does Rep. Terry Love The ITU And Hate Freedom?

June 11, 2012 ITU , Network Neutrality

The sad truth is that those who oppose Network Neutrality and claim to oppose the ITU are hypocrites of the worst kind. Why would I say that? What makes me say folks like Representative Lee Terry (R-Neb), and other staunch opponents of network neutrality are hypocrites when they claim to oppose the ITU? Because — as anyone who is paying the least attention to the actual proposals at the ITU will tell you — all the proposals in front of the ITU to date are ANTI-net neutrality proposals. So obviously, if you hate net neutrality as much as Representative Terry says he does, you must totally love the ITU or be a flaming hypocrite, right?

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