American leadership on this United Nations body will connect the world by David J. Redl, assistant secretary for communications and information at the United States Department of Commerce and chief of the NTIA

Global communications technology is advancing at an increasingly rapid pace, creating a more connected world, and new opportunities for economic growth. The United States plans to continue leading the world by fostering technological advances at home and participating in the international bodies involved in the communications governance issues of the past, present, and future.

This month, the United States has an opportunity to influence global communications priorities at a quadrennial treaty-making conference convened by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations agency formed in 1865 to align telegraph regulations. Today’s ITU, representing 193 countries, allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, manages international standards for telecommunications networks and technology, and works to improve access to these technologies in the areas of the world that do not have it.

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