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Battle Brewing Over International Internet Regulation: Next week’s ITU meeting in Dubai pits the United States a...

Battle Brewing Over International Internet Regulation: Next week’s ITU meeting in Dubai pits the United States a...

30 November 2012—If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s how officials in a number of countries, particularly the United States, feel about growing efforts to change the way the Internet operates. The latest push comes from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) , which hopes to update a global treaty on telephone regulations to include the Net. Its previous treaty was signed in 1988, when telephony was a highly regulated, mostly analog technology business, and the Internet was young. Since then, the Internet has become the backbone for global communications and commerce. The 12-day World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) , which the ITU is hosting in Dubai next week, will officially bring together more than 190 countries to review the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR) [PDF] agreed to in Melbourne, Australia, 25 years ago. But ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/internet/battle-brewing-...

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