For Immediate Release
October 6, 2000
Contact: Ranjit de Silva
U.S. DELEGATION OBJECTS TO ITU ASSEMBLY ACTION ON INTERNATIONAL INTERNET PRICING
U.S. officials take reservation at World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly on International Charging for Internet Services (AACS) issue
MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- The U.S. delegation to the World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly (WTSA) meeting here today said it disagreed with a resolution adopted by the other nations attending the conference on the crucial issue of how charges will be assessed for international Internet traffic. The Assembly, which commenced on Sept. 27 and runs until today, meets every four years to establish work programs for the numerous study groups in the ITU Telecommunication Standardization body. It also approves various recommendations proposed over the previous four-year study cycle.
Malcolm Lee, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the Department of State and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Gregory L. Rohde issued the following joint statement regarding Recommendation D.iii, adopted by the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WSA) on Internet charging arrangements:
"The United States opposes the recommendation adopted by the WSA today and enters a reservation for the following reasons:
In expressing its reservation, the U.S. indicated that it will not apply the recommendation and maintains that further study is necessary."