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NTIA Seeks Input on Positions to the 2016 ITU World Standardization Assembly

May 17, 2016 by

This fall, NTIA will be joining the U.S. delegation, led by the U.S. Department of State, to an international conference that will consider issues that could impact international telecommunications standards and Internet-related policy issues.

NTIA is currently engaged in a collaborative process with the State Department to develop formal U.S. proposals and positions for the International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA), which takes place every four years. The WTSA, which runs from October 25-November 3, will set the overall strategic direction for the ITU’s telecommunications standards (ITU-T) work for the next four years.

As the President’s principal advisor on telecommunications and information policy issues, NTIA promotes policies that will help the Internet and the digital economy continue to grow and thrive as a platform for innovation, economic growth and free expression. Given this mission, NTIA wants to ensure that its contributions to the U.S. preparatory process result in proposals to the WTSA that accurately reflect the views and concerns of U.S. businesses and consumers about the Internet and the digital economy and also will help support economic growth and innovation. We also want to ensure that the work plan agreed upon at the WTSA related to upcoming ITU-T work does not duplicate the standards development processes of other bodies. 

As we work with the State Department to prepare for the WTSA, NTIA is seeking comment on what priorities the United States should pursue at the assembly and what role if any the ITU should play in setting technical standards related to such issues as cybersecurity, Internet governance, Internet of things, intellectual property and over-the-top services.

We encourage all companies, trade associations and other stakeholders with an interest in the Internet and digital economy to share their views on these important issues. Comments must be submitted by June 16, 2016, and can be sent via email to WTSA2016@ntia.doc.gov.