De-funding the ITU

Fred Baker (fred) fred at
Sun Jan 13 05:04:41 UTC 2013

On Jan 12, 2013, at 8:17 PM, John Levine <johnl at> wrote:

> Please learn a little more about the ITU before doing so.  There is
> more to the ITU than the dysfunctional ITU-T, and the political
> fallout from the US being seen as a big rich bully taking its wallet
> and going home is likely not worth the trivial amount of money
> involved.

On that I would agree. ITU-D and ITU-R do a lot of good work. ITU-T does reasonable work, for the most part, in regulatory matters, which neither the IGF nor the IETF address. Frankly, if the ITU gets shut down, ITU-R, ITU-D, and the regulatory component of ITU-T will have to be re-created to accomplish those roles. Where we have travelled in circles with the ITU is in conflicting technical standardization and in the desire of ITU-T staff to take over certain functions from ICANN and the NRO. Shutting down the ITU would be in effect discarding the baby with the bathwater.

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