The 193 member countries of the ITU will meet in Dubai 3-14 December at World Conference on International Telecommunication 2012 to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), a 1988 treaty-level document establishing policies governing international telecommunications services between countries.
While some Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as a few independent groups, are advocating for expanded intergovernmental powers over the Internet with respect to the Internet as well as wireless, IP-based, and next generation networks; other countries believe that the WCIT should adopt only minor changes to the ITRs as necessary to modernize the existing provisions of the treaty, and that new provisions and authorities are unnecessary.
Europe’s role and view will be crucial in the debate and to its outcome. Representatives from the European Commission, European Industry and Civil society have been invited to exchange views on issues at stake and present their positions.
Sabine Verheyen, MEP and EIF Political Member
European position for the review of the International Telecommunications Regulations:
Megan Richards, Director Coordination, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Perspectives from the telecommunications industry:
Luigi Gambardella, Executive Board Chair at ETNO
Perspectives from civil society:
Jim Dempsey, Vice President for Public Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology
Perspectives from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU):
Richard Hill, Counsellor at the ITU