Are the days of hands-off Internet policies numbered?

Posted in: Governance at 02/02/2012 17:28

The Internet will be a major topic of discussion when world leaders convene late this year to review and revise the 24-year-old regulations governing international telecommunications.

When the International Telecommunications Regulations were drafted in 1988, the dominant type of traffic was voice and the regulations dealt primarily with telephony, the systems that linked telephones and peripheral devices such as fax machines. Today telephony is only one component of the Internet, and traffic consists of everything from text and images to streaming voice and video.

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