US blocks UN telecoms treaty over fears of internet regulation

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The US has refused to sign a proposed international telecommunications treaty that could have opened the door to regulation of the internet. Terry Kramer, the US ambassador to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), said that the US was fighting to maintain an “open internet” alongside supporters including Canada and the UK. Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia were among those spearheading the campaign for the new treaty, arguing that the US has unfair control over ICANN, which manages IP addresses and top-level domain names. The proposed treaty was scheduled to have come into effect from 2015, but wouldn’t have been legally binding.

The move doesn’t come as a surprise; Kramer and the European Parliament have long…

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