|[December 10, 2012]
Internet Society Statement: Internet's Future Hangs in the Balance
DUBAI --(Business Wire)--
The Internet Society releases the following statement from President and
CEO Lynn St. Amour.
"The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is
an important event that the Internet Society hopes will contribute
to greater connectivity and growth in international telecommunications
for the public. Over the last week and throughout the weekend, ITU
Member States were engaged in hard and difficult negotiations to move
the work of the conference forward positively.
As the conference moves back into plenary session today, we are seeing
the first results of delegates' efforts in the form of proposals to
modify existing treaty text and insert new text into the International
Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). In reviewing these texts, and
noting that bracketed text remains unresolved, it is increasingly clear
that the fundamental question facing delegates is whether the scope of
the treaty applies to traditional telecommunications or whether it will
be extended to include the Internet (explicitly or implicitly).
As we have previously stated, applying the existing ITRs to the Internet
would have serious unintended consequences for the current operation and
future innovation and growth of the Internet. Many or most of the
phrases currently in brackets (and therefore unresolved) wuld have a
significant negative impact on the functioning and evolving future of
It is now more important than ever that the scope of the treaty NOT
apply to the Internet.
The Internet Society has openly expressed our significant reservations
about some of the proposals at WCIT, and this does not shake our
foundational belief that an open dialogue between a broad spectrum of
stakeholders around the world is the best way to ensure the continuation
of the Internet's growth and evolution. We wish for a successful
conclusion to this conference in updating the international treaty
governing public telecommunications.
The Internet Society applauds those Member States that are seeking to
preserve the open global, interoperable Internet, and wish them all
success in their efforts to ensure that the ITRs are not interpreted to
apply to the Internet."
We continue to provide updated materials related to the key issues under
Support to Member States on +ve ITR conf - compromise
text is evolving but must not apply to the Internet http://www.internetsociety.org/wcit
About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet
information and thought leadership from around the world. With its
principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet
Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and
future development among users, companies, governments, and foundations.
Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet
Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for
everyone. For more information, see: http://www.internetsociety.org
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