ITU denies plans for global internet power-grab
By Iain Thomson in San Francisco
Posted in Networks, 22nd June 2012 22:58 GMT
The proposals cover a broad range of areas, even down to trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the disabled online, but the key proposals that have been causing much concern (repeatedly described at the press conference as “delicate issues”) are all there: taxation, traffic management, routing, and the worryingly unspecific “general principles on economic issues”.
One area the ITU seeks to repeatedly reassure about, however, is that the organization has no intention of trying to wrest control of the internet by regulation. Fears of a UN takeover of the online world have been touted by some, but the ITU is firm in its denial.