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CWG-Internet: Online Open Consultation (June-September 2017)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Topic of discussion

Following the instructions of Council Resolution 1344 (Mod. 2015), the 2017 Session of ITU Council decided on 25 May 2017, upon request 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).
herefore, 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.        

Short Comments
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WANG, YapengMinistry of Industry and Information Technology of P.R.China9/8/2017 4:04 PM
NOVA, Pasi MafutaMinistério das Telecomunicações e das  Tecnologias de Informação
Hereby, We would really like to apologize for the delay to replying to your invitation. Please, fi ...
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9/4/2017 4:23 PM
ESTERHUYSEN, AnrietteAssociation for Progressive Communications
With the steady expansion of affordable broadband services, OTTs are beginning to have a significant ...
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8/31/2017 12:50 PM
PHILBECK, ImmeSAMENA Telecommunications Council
SAMENA Telecommunications Council welcomes the opportunity to respond to ITU’s Public Consultation o ...
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8/30/2017 5:28 PM
MAGNANI, VitorBrazilian Association of Online to Offline8/30/2017 12:31 AM
GITHAIGA, GraceKenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)
Summary The Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) welcomes the efforts by the ITU and its Council ...
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8/29/2017 11:51 PM
HELLERSTEIN, JudithThe Internet Society Blockchain Special Interest Group (ISOC-BSIG)
OTTs are transforming how we communicate, interact, consume entertainment, work, play, and create ma ...
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8/29/2017 10:51 PM
ALQURASHI, MansourNational Committee for Information Society (NCIS)
Attached is NCIS input to the CWG-Internet Online Open Consultation.
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8/29/2017 8:49 PM
LAMOUREUX, JimMicrosoft Corporation
Corrected version of comments--corrects a typographical error in the citations to the ITU-D and IT ...
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8/29/2017 8:31 PM
PALHARES, LeonardoCâmara Brasileira de Comércio Eletrônico
The provision of Internet-based services, known as “over-the-top” (“OTT”), which, currently, does no ...
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8/29/2017 7:40 PM
CHEMANE, LourinoMCTESTP Ministry of Science and Technology, Higher and Technic Professional Education
The topic of this consultation is within a good timing for Mozambique within its current review and ...
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8/29/2017 5:23 PM
ALBAHRI, TariqEmirates Integrated Telecommunications Company
Please find our response in the attached document.
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8/29/2017 1:25 PM
PURDON, CraigCommunications Alliance Ltd
The Communications Alliance believes it is important for all stakeholders to have their views heard ...
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8/29/2017 7:54 AM
HILL, RichardAssociation for Proper Internet Governance
This contribution presents a summary analysis of the responses published on the ITU web site as of 2 ...
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8/28/2017 1:38 PM
BORODIN, AlexeyRostelecom
A lively discussion is continuing in the global ICT community on the role and place of OTT-based ser ...
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8/28/2017 11:44 AM
Dear We are pleased to send you STC position on OTT.s .
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8/28/2017 8:56 AM
HAJI, HamzahInstituto Panameño de Derecho y nuevas tecnologias (IPANDETEC)
Desde IPANDETEC deseamos presentar nuestro aporte sobre la consulta publica d ela ITU hacia los OTT ...
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8/26/2017 8:36 PM
NINAN, JacobKottackal Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
The Internet was planned to be an open, free and fair tool to be used by Humanity. Over the years, t ...
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8/26/2017 10:08 AM
CARDOZO, PaolaUniversidad Externado de Colombia
RESUMEN Consideramos, que partiendo de que los servicios OTT conllevan aspectos positivos para lo ...
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8/24/2017 5:18 PM
SKARP, MikaCloudstreet Oy
To meet end user's expectation we need working connection and interesting content. The source of con ...
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8/23/2017 6:40 PM
Internet services (OTT) are mere users of telecommunications services and should be treated as such. ...
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8/22/2017 12:33 AM
ACEVEDO, JudithMinisterio del Poder Popular para la Educación Unviversitaria, Ciencia y Tecnología
La República Bolivariana de Venezuela, a través del Ministerio del Poder Popular para Educación Univ ...
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8/21/2017 7:52 PM
ALSAMARAIE, IbtihalVirgin mobile Saudi Arabia
Summary: There are important areas which our answers focused on through this online consultation: 1 ...
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8/20/2017 3:41 PM
IBBETSON, JamesBahrain Telecommunications Company BSC
Batelco recognizes and proposes: • legal OTT applications should not be blocked or throttled, but ...
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8/20/2017 12:46 PM
attached submission
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8/20/2017 12:03 PM
ARTICLE 19 is pleased to respond to this Open Consultation held by the CWG-Internet on the Public Po ...
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8/20/2017 6:03 AM
ICANN is honored to take part in this valuable consultation on the issue of policy and regulation wi ...
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8/20/2017 12:17 AM
SUMMARY In order to take into account the various positions of stakeholders who are impacted by OTT ...
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8/19/2017 10:53 PM
SALAETS, KenInformation Technology Industry Council
The global Internet provides a platform for the development and deployment of a great variety of inn ...
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8/19/2017 9:17 PM
ROSSI, GusPublic Knowledge/IDEC
Public Knowledge & IDEC: Over the past years, several national telecommunications regulators and ...
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8/19/2017 6:10 PM
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8/19/2017 6:04 PM
CHIMA, Raman Jit SinghAccess Now
SUMMARY: We submit that the term “OTT” must be used cautiously, since it can serve to understate th ...
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8/19/2017 5:48 PM
PARAJO, EduardoAssociação Brasileira de Internet - Abranet
Abranet would like to express its appreciation for ITU's initiative in creating the opportunity for ...
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8/19/2017 5:36 PM
HUDSON, WillGoogle Inc.
SUMMARY - The Internet has been transformative to humanity. Regarded by the World Bank as a “general ...
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8/19/2017 3:22 PM
SOHAN, AnitaCommonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
Executive Summary The global communications industry has evolved over the past decades from an er ...
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8/19/2017 1:18 PM
PRAKASH, AnilBroadband India Forum
Broadband India Forum (BIF) Consultation on Public Policy Consideration for OTTs - Executive Summa ...
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8/19/2017 10:56 AM
RITCHIE, SusanUS Department of State8/19/2017 6:10 AM
BARROS, MoniqueClaro Brasil
Contributions by Claro Brasil
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8/19/2017 4:25 AM
PAINE, JeffAsia Internet Coalition
The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments to the ITU's Counci ...
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8/19/2017 4:13 AM
SUTHERLAND, MELESIACANTO (association of Caribbean Operators)
Summary of Response CANTO, the leading trade association for telecoms providers in the Caribbean ...
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8/19/2017 1:04 AM
Our contribution is contained in the attached document
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8/19/2017 12:39 AM
GEARY, DavidDigicel
The OTTs and Internet Giants believe they wear a ‘Cloak of Regulatory Invisibility’: they should be ...
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8/19/2017 12:11 AM
NAVARRO, GonzaloAsociación Latinoamericana de Internet (ALAI)
Montevideo, Uruguay August 18th, 2017 Ref: Members of the Council Working Group on Internation ...
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8/18/2017 11:19 PM
HOWES, JohnComputer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)8/18/2017 11:06 PM
SCARPELLI, BrianACT | The App Association
[SUMMARY - PLEASE REVIEW DETAILED CONTRIBUTION] Please see attached for comments of ACT | The App ...
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8/18/2017 10:33 PM
Si en la era pre-convergente, la red se financiaba directamente con la comercialización de los servi ...
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8/18/2017 10:07 PM
SORIANO, RenataBrasscom
Comments for ITU Public Consultation on OTTs
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8/18/2017 8:26 PM
WINGFIELD, RichardGlobal Partners Digital
In this consultation response, we set out how new and/or cheaper OTT services, as well as the increa ...
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8/18/2017 6:41 PM
SUMMARY The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority ["BOCRA"] is pleased to provide its subm ...
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8/18/2017 5:48 PM
Please see attached the GSMA's response to the Open Consultation on Public Policy considerations fo ...
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8/18/2017 5:42 PM
THAKUR, DhanarajAlliance for Affordable Internet
Summary of A4AI Submission to ITU on OTTs While OTTs (including messaging apps such as Whatsapp, so ...
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8/18/2017 5:22 PM
HEATHER, SeanU.S. Chamber of Commerce
Please find attached comments from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce expressing our reservation over the ...
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8/18/2017 4:41 PM
LATYSH, YauheniyaMinistry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus
The issues of development and regulation of OTT services are raised in many countries and are one of ...
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8/18/2017 4:20 PM
SUMMARY OTT services have been an important driver of innovation and economic growth around the w ...
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8/18/2017 4:01 PM
BEREZOWSKI, WojciechOffice of Electronic Communications
Please find attached the contribution of UKE (Office of Electronic Communications), the Polish Natio ...
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8/18/2017 3:31 PM
MOCHU, NataliaRadio Research and Development Institute
Global cross-border nature of OTT services leads to a situation when services are provided in a ...
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8/18/2017 2:50 PM
PETROVA, EkaterinaPJSC MegaFon
Dear Sirs, Please find attached the summary of the Company's responses to the Questionnaire regar ...
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8/18/2017 2:48 PM
EGUCHI, KiyotakaLINE Corporation
SUMMARY OTT services broaden and refine people's means of communication and expression, expanding t ...
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8/18/2017 11:42 AM
CHATTERJEE, ChitritaInternet & Mobile Association of India
While India is the second largest internet user base with 432 million internet users; the main growt ...
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8/18/2017 10:41 AM
MOCHIZUKI, KentaYahoo Japan Corporation
Please find attached Yahoo! JAPAN's contribution to the CWG-Internet Online Open Consultation (June ...
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8/18/2017 7:19 AM
ABUAMOUNEH, JeninePalestine Telecom Group
Summary: OTT in Palestine has its positive and negative impacts on operators, which has created a ...
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8/17/2017 7:47 PM
SCHONANDER, CarlSoftware & Information Industry Association
SIIA considers the ITU’s core mission of allocating global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, deve ...
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8/17/2017 6:59 PM
MARTINKOVICS, LeslieUnited States ITU Association
Please see attached comments.
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8/17/2017 4:22 PM
FELGUERA GARRIDO, EusebioTelefónica
Telefónica believes that a healthy digital ecosystem needs a sound approach by policy makers based i ...
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8/17/2017 1:08 PM
WANNER, BarbaraU.S. Council for International Business
SUMMARY included as part of attachment.
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8/14/2017 6:15 PM
SUMMARY Main policy issues associated with OTT is Net Neutrality, legacy regulations on services ...
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8/1/2017 3:35 PM
JITSUZUMI, ToshiyaChuo University
SUMMARY OTT firms are emerging and flourishing players in the broadband ecosystem, and can become ...
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7/23/2017 7:32 AM
BOLLOW, NorbertJust Net Coalition
SUMMARY: To date, global regimes around trade, investment and intellectual property have mostly b ...
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6/29/2017 5:51 PM
SATHNUR, AshwiniUnited Nations Development Programme
Attaching the contribution to the CWG-Internet Online Open Consultation (June-September 2017).
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6/27/2017 10:08 AM
HILL, RichardAssociation for Proper Internet Governance
The principle that data should be borderless and that it should flow freely is a policy decision tha ...
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6/19/2017 11:51 AM
HILL, RichardAssociation for Proper Internet Governance
The time has come to recognize that OTTs are a global phenomenon and that they can be appropriately ...
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6/6/2017 9:04 PM