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Chairman Genachowski On the Second U.S. Contribution to the WCIT

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Released: October 31, 2012

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October 31, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI ON THE SECOND U.S.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

“Today, the United States submitted its second contribution to the World Conference on International
Telecommunications (WCIT). This is a strong proposal that lays out the U.S. vision for global
telecommunications markets, building on the success achieved through increased competition in these
markets and recognizing the benefits this has brought to consumers around the world. The U.S. proposals
provide a robust roadmap for how that vision should be reflected in the International Telecommunication
Regulations (ITRs), which will be revised at the WCIT. This roadmap rejects proposals that would
impose a new layer of international regulation on the Internet.
“The proposals would eliminate regulatory burdens and recognize that international arrangements
between telecommunications providers should be based on commercial agreements, which is the reality in
98% of the market today. Global telecommunications markets have thrived under this approach, which
provides incentives for investments in telecommunications infrastructure, particularly in developing
countries. The U.S. contribution also specifically encourages such investment, recognizing that improved
connectivity around the world will maximize the benefits of 21st century communications to consumers
everywhere.
I applaud the entire U.S. team, ably led by the U.S. Department of State, for putting together this positive
statement of the way forward at the WCIT.”
-- FCC --

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