hypnosec writes: The European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (ENTO) put forwards its points supporting the controversial proposal of handing over the control of the Internet to UN’s regulatory body – the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). A decision will be taken regarding changes to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR) treaty, which has not been revised since 1998, during the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) to be held in Dubai from December 3 to 14, 2012. Only national governments are allowed to vote on the treaty but, as ENTO pays more than $70k annually to the ITU, it too has the right to participate in the WCIT and vote on the treaty. ENTO has proposed measures that would effectively change the settlement-free peering arrangements [PDF] between major Internet backbones, which to date is the most common type of interconnection between major networks. The proposal put forward by the ENTO seeks 193 signatory countries to establish a new "sending party network pays" (SPNP) model for interconnection whereby high-volume (non-EU) Internet content providers will have to pay to EU companies as they will be responding to information requests from ENTO's local customers.
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