Items tagged "ITU"

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Civil Society is Key to the Debate on International Control Over the Internet

June 4, 2012 Broadband , International , ITU , Open Internet

Civil society will be the critical player in a policy debate that has dominated recent tech news – whether the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be given the power by its Member States to regulate internet access and the internet itself.   Despite the fact that the US Government and US industry have vocally opposed this outcome, it is US civil society that has the biggest role to play to ensure that the Internet continues to be open and decentralized.

The ITU is a United Nations agency focused on setting international standards related to information and communications technologies – and whose stated mission is to connect all the world’s people “wherever they live and whatever their means.”  Among other things, the ITU allocates global radio spectrum, and coordinates the assignment of satellite orbits. 

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What is the ITU? The Struggle for Internet Governance

June 4, 2012 International , ITU

Another storm is brewing over Internet governance. Several countries, including Russia, China, and India, have proposed empowering the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – a specialized agency of the United Nations – to oversee various aspects of Internet governance. The issue will come to a head in December, when the 193 member states of the ITU convene at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai to vote on these proposals.

This raises three important questions: who regulates the Internet today, what is the ITU, and what is at stake in December? 

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PK Calls for Greater Civil Society Involvement in WCIT

May 23, 2012 International , ITU

In December, the United Nations will host the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). Public Knowledge has joined a group of more than thirty academics and civil society groups in signing a letter calling for greater opportunities for civil society participation in the planning process for WCIT.

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“The broadband revolution”

January 3, 2008 Broadband , International , ITU , Network Neutrality

The International Telecommunications Union recently issued a press release announcing with joy the release of “the first set of global standards for Internet Protocol TV (IPTV).” A key sentence:

A combination of voice, Internet and video services over a single broadband link and from a single provider is foreseen as the ultimate goal of the broadband revolution.

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