[Air-L] Fwd: [ISOC] NEWS RELEASE: Internet Society Board of Trustees Expresses Concern about the Potential Impact of the World Conference on International Telecommunications on the Internet
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Wed Aug 8 13:52:50 PDT 2012
*This is very interesting. Maybe we can help in some way.
Gene Loeb, Ph.D.
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Subject: [ISOC] NEWS RELEASE: Internet Society Board of Trustees Expresses
Concern about the Potential Impact of the World Conference on International
Telecommunications on the Internet
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Internet Society Board of Trustees Expresses Concern about the Potential
Impact of the World Conference on International Telecommunications on the
[Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland – 07 August 2012] – The Internet
Society Board of Trustees, during its recent meeting in Vancouver, Canada,
discussed the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications
(WCIT) and expressed concern that some proposed changes to the
International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) Treaty could have a
negative impact on the Internet.
Eva Frölich, Chair of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, remarked,
“The Internet Society believes that the International Telecommunication
Regulations should contain high level principles and that revisions should
focus on things that have clearly worked in the field of global
communications: competition, privatization, and transparent and independent
regulation. It is our sincere hope that revisions to the ITRs will not
interfere with the continued innovation and evolution of telecommunications
networks and the Internet.”
The Board noted that the success of the Internet has been driven by open,
consensus-based standards processes embodied in organizations such as the
Internet Engineering Task Force and other critical parts of the Internet
ecosystem that rely on openness and transparency.
The Internet Society Board of Trustees highlighted concerns about certain
changes to the ITRs, which it found troubling. Among other things, these
* Make ITU-T standards mandatory;
* Create a new model for Internet interconnection via the ITRs;
* Adversely impact Internet naming, numbering, and addressing;
* Regulate network aspects that have never been part of telecommunications,
including IP routing; and,
* Extend the scope and application of the ITRs to the Internet and Internet
The Board is of the view that these types of provisions, if adopted, could
jeopardize global connectivity and the future growth of the Internet,
particularly in developing countries; impact the architecture, security,
and global interoperability of the Internet; and impose detrimental burdens
on the free and open Internet that billions of people around the world
depend upon today.
Recognizing that developing countries face challenges in building Internet
infrastructure and in bringing down connectivity costs, the Board of
Trustees emphasized the Internet Society’s commitment to helping these
countries overcome those challenges in ways that support global
interoperability and the free flow of information, such as via the
development of Internet Exchange Points to improve Internet performance and
drive down Internet connectivity costs.
The Internet Society is a strong proponent of the open, consensus-based,
multistakeholder model for standards setting and Internet policy
development. “Transparency and the multistakeholder model are essential to
developing sustainable and effective Internet public policy,” said Internet
Society President and Chief Executive Officer, Lynn St. Amour.
The Internet Society Board of Trustees called on governments not to adopt
changes to the ITRs that would undermine the security, stability, and
innovative potential of networks worldwide. In preparing for the WCIT, the
Board urged all governments to engage in an open and participatory national
dialogue, and encouraged Internet Society members to contribute actively to
these national discussions that have a global impact.
For more information on WCIT, visit http://internetsociety.org/wcit.
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With Sincerest Best Wishes ,
Gene Loeb, Ph.D.
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