US rejects UN Telecom Treaty
"We've made clear that we will not accept any treaty text that includes provisions related to internet regulations," the State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference yesterday as the US representative attending the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai announced the country's decision not to sign the telecommunications treaty.
"We have strongly supported efforts to expand international telecommunication services. So we very much regret that instead of working on that latter dossier, instead of focusing on promoting innovation and market growth in the telecom space, this conference has gone in the wrong direction," Nuland said.
During his intervention at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai yesterday, Ambassador Terry Kramer said the United States cannot support an ITU treaty that is inconsistent with a multi- stakeholder model of Internet governance.
"As the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) has stated, this conference was never meant to focus on internet issues; however, today we are in a situation where we still have text and resolutions that cover issues on spam and also provisions on internet governance," he said.
The United States, he said, continues to believe that Internet policy must be multi- stakeholder driven.
"Internet policy should not be determined by member states but by citizens, communities, and broader society, and such consultation from
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