PICTFOR says ‘no’ to revised international telecommunications regulations

PICTFOR Co-Chairs Chi Onwurah MP and Stephen Mosley MP wrote to the Culture Minister Ed Vaizey on the eve of his departure to World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai.

Detailing their continued support for a model of internet governance based upon stakeholders’ coordination in the free market, the MPs endorsed the position of the UK delegation – led by Mr Vaizey – to oppose  the adoption of International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) “that would impose additional obligation upon operators on the Internet”.

The ITRs have not been updated since 1988 and over the past two weeks and the WCIT has been considering amendments; some of which sought to extend the ITRs to include internet governance.

The US, UK and Canadian delegations have decided not to ratify the resolution.

Several other countries, including Kenya, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, have indicated that they too would not sign the document, or take partial reservations.

The full letter PICTFOR sent to Mr Vaizey can be viewed here.


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