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No case made for change on ITRs, says Australia::

Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, is in Dubai this week to lead the Australian delegation at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT).

The conference is being held from 3 to 14 December and the Minister is attending on 3 and 4 December.

WCIT will consider amendments to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). The ITRs assist in the operation of telecommunications networks across national borders. Some of the amendments are seeking to extend the ITRs to cover internet governance.

At present, this is the job of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers and Names (ICANN), which has input from industry stakeholders, governments and the public.

“ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model has played a significant role in the success of the internet, and is essential for ensuring that the internet remains a central point for innovation and a driver of economic growth,” Senator Conroy said.

“Australia wants to make sure that any amendments to the ITRs do not undermine this model or fundamentally change the way the internet operates.

“Australia does not believe a case has been made for change.

“Australia’s position is that the ITU should continue to focus on developing technical telecommunications standards that deal with the interoperability of public networks and capacity building, and that ICANN should continue to oversee the global Domain Name System.

“There appears to be little value in either organisation seeking to encroach on the responsibilities of the other.

“Given the increasing importance of communications networks in our day-to-day lives, governments should continue to play a role in developing and protecting this vital infrastructure from harm – either from deliberate attacks or natural disasters.

“Nations should work together to develop coordinated and flexible ways to respond to significant service disruptions.”

During the Minister’s attendance at the conference he will formally meet the heads of other delegations and hold bilateral meetings with a range of countries to seek their support for Australia’s position.

04 December 2012