Definition Edit

The International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) are

[i]nternational rules for telecommunications, including international tariffs, set forth by the International Telecommunications Union.[1]

Overview Edit

The regulations go back to the earliest days of the ITU when there were two separate treaties, dealing with telegraph and telephone.

The current ITRs were adopted, as a single treaty, at the World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference held in Melbourne, 1988 (WATTC-88). "Its purpose was to facilitate global interconnection and interoperability of international telecom networks, by establishing regulations for the international exchange of telecom traffic. The regulations, which have not been revised since then, address high-level issues such as charging and accounting, liability, and taxation."[2]

References Edit

  1. Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet, at 73.
  2. Internet Global Growth: Lessons for the Future, at 36.

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