TechNet Statement on International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Internet Resolution

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December 13, 2012

TechNet Statement on International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Internet Resolution

Washington, DC – TechNet, the leading bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the innovation economy, made the following statement upon last night’s resolution at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) granting the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) authority over the Internet.

“While denying that this was a vote, the resolution text is a deeply troubling, as it expands the ITU’s role with regards to Internet governance,” said Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet.  “The ITU is government-centric, lacks transparency, excludes key stakeholders including civil society, and fails to promote a multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance that was embraced by the world’s governments at the 2005 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), and has been a pillar of the industry’s innovation and growth.  While it is our understanding that the resolutions made at the WCIT are non-binding, the Secretary-General might treat them as binding, which effectively creates a dangerous mandate for the ITU to continue to hold discussions about Internet policy into the future.  Millions of people all around the world have said that they don’t want the ITU involved in the Internet, but that’s exactly what this resolution opens the door to. TechNet opposes this resolution and urges member states to ensure it is not in the final treaty text.

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