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Freedom on Internet Remains Priority for US

United Nations will not move from its positions that advocate free speech on the Internet and oppose proposed broad regulations for the Worldwide Web

November 22, 2012- The delegation from the U.S. to a telecom treaty writing conference by the United Nations will not move from its positions that advocate free speech on the Internet and oppose proposed broad regulations for the Worldwide Web.   The delegation wants the World Conference on International Telecommunications to be successful, but if other delegations at the WCIT attempt to broaden the regulations the U.N. already has for the Internet the U.S. delegation said it would rather not waste its time.

However, they will work very hard to advocate free expression and telecom competition during the upcoming event that begins in Dubai on December 3. The delegation insists that open markets are the only proven way to increase broadband and telecom services to more of the population and the delegation from the U.S. has very strong support from the Far East, Latin America and much of Europe.

The upcoming conference will provide an opportunity to the U.S. delegation to discuss economic benefits of democracy and free speech, but the delegation must be shrewd in how it puts across those benefits, said the delegation’s leader.

They do not want others to think they are preaching to them, because they must influence the others. The delegation will push its vision of the upcoming meeting to attendees from other countries in the three weeks prior to the conference. The delegation is willing to compromise on certain issues, although they would not say which ones.

The U.S. remains concerned over some countries that will push termination fees for Web traffic, in order to raise money for deployment of broadband, while other countries will urge censorship on the Internet for the benefit of cybersecurity. The regulations would not be necessary for the U.S. to adopt, but companies from the U.S. could be affected significantly if countries did implement the censorship.

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