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Name : BOLLOW, Norbert
Date : March 23, 2016
Organization : Just Net Coalition
Country : international
Job Title : co-convenor

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In our view, the main goal is to create and enabling environment for use of the Internet. Facilitating access is a necessary but not sufficient activity. It is not disputed that it is important to build an enabling environment for use of and access to the Internet and that states have obligations to facilitate, or at least not to impede, use of and access to the Internet. Since this consultation focuses on access, this submission will also focus on access, but we suggest that the enabling use of the Internet be the topic of a future open consultation.

A number of ITU instruments, resolutions and recommendations relate to building an enabling environment for access to the Internet. This contribution outlines those instruments, resolutions, and recommendations, proposes amendments to certain instruments, proposes changes to current Internet governance arrangements, and highlights relevant provisions of the 2012 International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs).

A significant number of states did not sign the ITRs in Dubai in 2012. Almost all of those states indicated that they required additional time in order to consider the implications of certain provisions, in particular those that were approved at the last minute.

Accession to the ITRs will help to build an enabling environment for access to the Internet, and accession by non-signatories would appear feasible because legal analysis of the provisions that required further consideration indicates that they do not actually have the effects that had raised concerns during the conference in Dubai. For greater clarity, we propose a declaration that can be made by states that accede to the ITRs.

Attachments : CWG-Internet_2016_JNC.pdf