WCIT-12 meets for first day in Dubai
A U.S.-Canadian proposal to restrict the International Telecommunications Regulation treaty-revision conference that met for its first day Dec. 3 in Dubai gained sufficient support so that "an informal meeting" on one of its main points will convene Dec. 4, a source close to the U.S. delegation said.
The United States has warned that if the ITRs are changed to cover any operating agency, then "anybody that's got cloud-based computing, and private Internet networks, potentially" would be suddenly covered by the ITRs, something the State Department is against.
The World Conference on International Telecommunications, aka the WCIT-12, is set to meet until Dec. 14; International Telecommunication Union officials (the ITU hosts the conference) have said they want to arrive at a consensual revision of the ITRs and avoid formal votes. The ITRs were last revised in 1988.
- go to the ITU WCIT-12 webpage