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News Summary: US snubs UN telecoms treaty

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012

THE SNUB: Delegations from the U.S. and other Western countries said they could not back a new U.N. telecommunications treaty because it included provisions interpreted as endorsing greater government control of the Internet.

THE FEAR: The U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union has no powers to instantly change how the Internet operates. But the U.S. argued that U.N. codes sanctioning greater government roles in the Internet could be used as justification for more Web controls in places such China as Iran.

BACKGROUND: At the Dubai meeting, representatives met for the first revisions of global telecom rules since 1988.