(The Hosting News) – Could big changes be in the works for the Internet’s architecture and who controls it? A meeting called the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in December could provide key insight.
According to a BBC report on Friday, the U.S. is pushing back against efforts to have some of its web control moved elsewhere. That same news story noted that non-profit bodies in the U.S. provide oversight for key online operations pertaining to the web’s domain name system and other factors.
The U.S. Department of Commerce currently heads up those nonprofit organizations and December’s meeting will be notable for considering changes to the ITRS, also known as treaty-level International Telecommunications Regulations.
During that time, some are expected to push for the U.S.’s control to be diverted to international governing body the United Nations. So why is the US staying firm in its belief that things should stay as they are?
The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs detailed its reasons in a fact sheet released last week. Aside from requesting minimal changes to the ITR’s preamble, a number of other factors came into play.
“The U.S. is concerned that proposals by some other governments could lead to greater regulatory burdens being placed on the international telecom sector, or perhaps even extended to the Internet sector — a result the U.S. would oppose,” commented the State Department’s letter.
Ambassador Terry Kramer who heads up the U.S. WCIT Delegation also cited “censorship of content or blocking the free flow of information and ideas,” as key concerns for possible changes.