89 ITU Members Sign Controversial U.N. Telecom Treaty


A controversial new global treaty on telecom regulations was signed on Friday by 89 International Telecommunication Union member states amid U.S. objections to potential regulation of the Internet.

"I say to the 89 states that signed today the treaty, thank you," said Mohamed al-Ghanim, chairman of the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WICT-12), organised by the ITU in Dubai.

Fifty-five countries did not sign the treaty, he said.

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