Topic of discussion
Following the instructions of Council Resolution 1344 (Mod. 2015), the 2017 Session of ITU Council decided on 25 May 2017, upon instruction of the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet),
to hold an open consultation (online and physical) on the following topic:
Public Policy considerations for OTTs
"Considering the rapid development of information and communications technology (ICT) which led to the advent of Internet-based services commonly known as "over-the-top" (hereafter: OTT), all stakeholders are invited to submit their inputs on the following key aspects from policy perspective:
1. What are the opportunities and implications associated with OTT?
2. What are the policy and regulatory matters associated with OTT?
3. How do the OTT players and other stakeholders offering app services contribute in aspects related to security, safety and privacy of the consumer?
4. What approaches might be considered regarding OTT to help the creation of environment in which all stakeholders are able to prosper and thrive?
5. How can OTT players and operators best cooperate at local and international level? Are there model partnership agreements that could be developed?"
Accordingly, all stakeholders are invited to provide their answers through the link provided further below.
Useful information and instructions
Information on the Online Open Consultations
The online open consultations are held throughout the period between two successive meetings of the CWG-Internet. This process gives an opportunity to all stakeholders from all nations to express their views with regards to the topic(s) under discussion.
As responses to the online open consultations can contain lengthy attachments, short summaries can prove useful to readers and facilitate the discussion process during the physical open consultation meeting (see below).
Therefore, submitters are kindly requested to additionally provide a short summary of their response (max. 3 paragraphs), as part of their submission.
Information on the Physical Open Consultations
A physical open consultation meeting is organized
30 days after the end of the online open consultation.
Discussions during the physical consultation meeting are based on the responses received during the online consultation process, which are consolidated in a single document by the ITU Secretariat. During this physical meeting, respondents to the online consultation have the opportunity to present their submitted views and to have a fruitful discussion with the other participants, including Members of the CWG-Internet. For those not in the position to participate on site, remote participation is also available upon request.
The deadline for online submissions is 19 August 2017.
physical open consultation meeting will take place on 18 September 2017 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. For details please check regularly the ITU Website.