India’s plans to modify ITRs opposed by Civil society and industry

International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs)

India’s made a proposal on ITRs and submitted the same to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in October, 2012. The proposal has drawn opposition from, and fears of content control among, civil society and the industry.

National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) protested against ITU’s jurisdiction over issues of Internet governance model, architecture, cost, any role for ITU in the areas of international roaming and Internet governance, etc.

The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) will be held from December 3-14, 2012.

The final decisions on the ITRs and the composition of the delegation are yet to be announced. 193-countries at THE WCIT will spend 11 days and discuss national proposals to separate issues that can be addressed nationally from those which require inter-governmental cooperation.

The existing Internet governance system is unacceptable to most countries.

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