Genachowski Warns Of WCIT Proposals
Says "sender pay" approaches and ITU cybersecurity regime would threaten Internet innovation
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/10/2012 3:58:59 PM
Genachowksi, the Obama administration, and even congressional Republicans and Democrats are on the same page that it would be unwise to move away from the multistakeholder model of internet governance to a top-down, government-oriented model.
"There are proposals that seek to impose on the Internet a new layer of outdated, heavy-handed regulatory structures and to alter how Internet traffic is exchanged - calling for a so-called "sender pays" approach," he said. "Other proposals would involve the International Telecommunication Union [an arm of the UN]in regulating cybersecurity, or could be used by countries to support monitoring and restrictions on online communications."
None of that fits with Genachowski's vision of an open Internet. "Proposals like these will harm broadband-related innovation and investment throughout the world," eh said, "and particularly in less developed countries. They will increase uncertainty and raise costs for online innovators everywhere, and could significantly limit access to Internet content and applications for consumers in developing countries, which will in turn suppress demand for broadband."
He told his audience to reject calls to have the ITU involved in cybersecurity or for governments to be involved in content control.
"Changes to Internet governance that suppress innovation will not drive broadband deployment," he said. "The opposite is true."
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