[At-Large] A Giant Step Backward or the Way Forward
derek at aa419.org
Sat Sep 29 16:12:07 UTC 2012
"A Giant Step Backward or the Way Forward
An Analysis of some Proposals before WCIT"
> Executive Summary
> In December, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will convene the 2012
> World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai, United Arab
> Emirates, for the purpose of revising the International Telecommunication Regulations
> (ITRs) that govern the way nations handle telecommunications network traffic as it crosses
> their borders. Among the most troubling proposals submitted to the ITU’s Council Working
> Group to prepare for WCIT-12 are the contribution from European Telecommunications
> Network Operators Association (ETNO) and the Africa Region contribution submitted by
> ETNO wants the ITU to designate Internet content providers as “call originators” and
> subject them to a “sending party network pays” rule that would allow telecommunications
> operators to charge them rates they believe are commensurate with the bandwidth their
> content consumes.
> Such a change would have enormous implications for the expansion of the digital economy
> in the developing world.
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