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  • ITU gives public more access to talks on future of the Internet

    Members of the public will be able to eavesdrop on intergovernmental negotiations about the future of the Internet that began Monday in Busan, South Korea, after participants voted to webcast the meetings.

    Written by Loek Essers20 Oct. 14 22:51
  • Study disputes predictions of coming spectrum crunch

    Widely accepted projections of a shortage of mobile spectrum may not be as dire as many analysts in the mobile and tech sectors are making it out to be, according to a new study.

    Written by Grant Gross23 Aug. 14 04:02
  • Gigabit-boosted DSL Internet standard could be ready in 2014, ITU says

    A broadband standard that aims to support bandwidth-intensive applications such as streaming Ultra-HDTV movies without the need to install fiber between the distribution point and people's homes met its first-stage approval, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said on Tuesday.

    Written by Loek Essers16 July 13 14:10
  • US Congress panel approves Internet freedom bill

    A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has voted to approve a bill that would make it official U.S. policy to promote an Internet "free from government control," with promises that the Republican majority would work with critics of the bill's wording.

    Written by Grant Gross11 April 13 19:41
  • Critics question wording of Internet freedom bill

    Legislation that would make it official U.S. policy to promote a global Internet "free from government control" could restrict the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from using its authority and prevent law enforcement agencies from taking action against cybercriminals, some critics have said.

    Written by Grant Gross10 April 13 21:49
  • Lawmakers to again push Internet freedom resolution

    U.S. lawmakers want to make it clear that they're against a takeover of the Internet by the U.N.'s International Telecommunication Union and member governments.

    Written by Grant Gross05 April 13 19:46
  • After WCIT, US lawmakers look for ways to advance Internet freedom

    Countries pushing for international regulation of the Internet through the U.N. International Telecommunication Union will not quit after a partial victory at an ITU meeting in December, some Internet government experts told U.S. lawmakers.

    Written by Grant Gross05 Feb. 13 19:53
  • ITU: Internet policy still on its agenda

    Public policy formulation in all domains, including the Internet, is the sovereign right of member states, according to ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré, suggesting that a debate over control of the Internet is far from over at the telecommunications body.

    Written by John Ribeiro31 Jan. 13 08:03
  • After WCIT: Some observers fear content proposals

    Expect no major changes to the functioning of the Internet in the coming months after a controversial ending to the International Telecommunication Union's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), but an agreement hammered out there may encourage countries to censor Web content in the longer term, participants and observers said.

    Written by Grant Gross14 Dec. 12 19:33
  • US, UK and other countries won't sign telecom treaty

    The U.S., U.K. and Canadian delegations to a worldwide telecom treaty-writing meeting will not ratify a resolution approved by the majority of countries because regulations will include provisions on Internet governance and content.

    Written by Grant Gross and Jennifer Baker13 Dec. 12 20:14
  • Controversy erupts at WCIT over resolution on Internet

    The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) apparently has placed a resolution on the Internet in the regulations being developed at the meeting, drawing accusations that it acted improperly.

    Written by Stephen Lawson13 Dec. 12 00:44
  • Russia, China withdraw controversial proposal at treaty conference

    Russia, China and some other countries have withdrawn a draft proposal at the World Conference on International Telecommunications, that according to some accounts aimed to bring the Internet under the control of the International Telecommunication Union.

    Written by John Ribeiro11 Dec. 12 07:37
  • ITU says "network outage" after website cyberattack disrupted Dubai conference

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN body that has played a standards-setting role for global telecommunication networks over the decades, Wednesday night suffered a website attack that severely disrupted a conference to discuss its Internet influence.

    Written by Ellen Messmer06 Dec. 12 18:00