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1                      While the sovereign right of each country State to regulate its telecom­munications is fully recognized, the provisions of the present International Telecommunication Regulations (hereafter referred to as “Regulations”) supplement complement the International Telecommunication Constitution and the Convention of the International  Telecommunication Union, with a view to attaining the purposes of the International Telecommunication Union in promoting the development of telecommunication services and their most efficient operation while harmonizing the development of facilities for world-wide telecommunications.

Member States affirm their commitment to implement these Regulations in a manner that respects and upholds their human rights obligations.

This can be considered as a success of the "defenders of the free Internet".

It has been pushed by Sweden/EU countries.

An interesting related reading is in this NY Times article.

These Regulations recognize the right of access of Member States to international telecommunication services.

The right of a state (not only of an individual!) for access.

Appeared to be one of key challenges of WCIT that lead to "fiasco" of the meeting: it was proposed by several African states (initiated by Sudan?) as response to possible sanctions (by US) in cutting off the Internet (or removing a country from root zone).

Interestingly, US (a common "freedom fighter") was strongly against it, while some of the "authoritarian regimes" were in favor of unlimited access. Good article by Milton Muller here.




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