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"The International Telecommunication Union, previously the International Telegraph Union, is the specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for information and communication technologies. ITU coordinates the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promotes international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world and establishes worldwide standards. ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums, such as ITU TELECOM WORLD, bringing together representatives of government and the telecommunications and ICT industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology. The ITU is active in areas including broadband Internet, latest-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology, convergence in fixed-mobile phone, Internet access, data, voice, TV broadcasting, and next-generation networks. ITU is based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a member of the United Nations Development Group and its membership includes 193 Member States and around 700 Sector Members and Associates". - Wikipedia

ITU work is treaty based (and in terms of the USA must be ratified by the US Senate).

International Telecommunications Regulations enacted 1988 (ITRs) .

Art. 9: Interconnection of information services.

See WTO agreement on Internet Interconnection

World Conference International Telecommunications (WCIT) December 2012 Dubai

Is the ITU looking to expand its authority over the Internet (or ICTs) in the areas of

European Network Telecommunications Organization (ETNO) Proposal ITRs (Sending Party Pays for Internet Interconnection)


News and Blogs

USG Proposals

Content Proposals

Seek to block spam. Want ability to mandate traffic routing.

Significant economic problem. Highly competitive market has permitted dramatic reduction in transit costs. Consolidating traffic over few routes increases ability of the government to engage in surveillance.

India Proposals

Brazil Proposals

African Region Proposals


Internet Society Submission


  • (Mercatus Center GMU)
  • World Summit Information Society

    ITU Resolutions

  • Res 101 IP Based Networks
  • Res 102 Management of Internet Domains and Addresses
  • Res 133 Role of administrations of Member States in the management of internationalized (multilingual) domain names
  • ITU: Political Leaders Must Address Information Society Issues - Global Governance Framework for 'Cyberspace' to be issue at World Summit ITU 11/12/02
  • Events

    Internet as a Human Right

    United Nations



    ITAC:  US International Telecommunication Advisory Committee 

    The Department of State announces a request for comments on the report of the Working Group on Internet Governance, which is scheduled to be released to the public on July 18, 2005. The UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), created by Phase 1 of the WSIS, was tasked ``to investigate and make proposals for action, as appropriate, on the governance of Internet by 2005.'' The text of the report will be available at or on the Department of State's World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Web site at The Department of State will be accepting comments from the public on the WGIG report through August 1, 2005. Comments should be sent to Sally Shipman, International Communications and Information Policy, at In addition, according to the decision of PrepCom II, all governments and other stakeholders are invited to submit written comments and proposals on the issue of Internet governance to the WSIS Executive Secretariat (to by August 15. Thereafter, a compilation of these contributions will be forwarded to the WSIS PrepCom III, together with the report of the WGIG. Fed Reg Notice.



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