The International Telecommunications Union’s World Conference opened in Dubai yesterday. The purpose of the meeting is to review telecom regulations created in 1988. This includes regulations on the internet.
Only governments have a vote, so it’s an uncomfortable time for corporations and individuals that have come to rely on the internet and the free flow of information. At TaxConnex, we are interested as it could affect our VoIP tax clients.
Rumors have circulated that some governments want to clamp down on internet freedom and/or levy internet taxes. The ITU chairman disputed those rumors.
A Google spokesperson said "only governments have a vote at the ITU, and some of them are trying to use a closed-door meeting in Dubai to increase regulation online. Although the ITU has helped the world manage radio spectrum and telephone networks, it is the wrong place to make decisions about the future of the Internet."
The conference is in progress and we’ll soon know if the regulations around the internet have changed.