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US, Canada, UK refuse to sign ITU treaty over control issues

12/14, 7:48am

Internet governance pressure point forced withdrawl from talks

Representatives of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom are refusing to sign a treaty relating to Internet governance. The three countries all objected to the International Telecommunications Union treaty, refusing to sign anything that would allow "all states to have equal rights to the governance of the Internet."

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US House of Representatives opposes UN Internet control

12/06, 6:06am

Unanimous vote to protect current Internet regulations

The US House or Representatives has voted unanimously to keep the Internet "free from government control." The passing of a Senate resolution to oppose United Nation control of the Internet comes while the International Telecommunications Union conference, to decide the Internet's future regulation, is in progress in Dubai.

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Google, EU concerned over ITU Internet regulation proposals

11/23, 11:24am

Google and members of the European Parliament are opposing the idea of the United Nations changing the way the Internet is regulated. The International Telecommunications Union is holding a conference in Dubai next month to decide on new regulations, and both the search giant and the parliamentary institution are disputing various aspects of the conference.

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UN patent meeting draws tech firms, regulators

10/10, 1:28pm

Summit aimed at preventing stifling of innovation

Hoping to bring some sense of order to the current technology patent environment, tech firms, patent officers, regulators, and others are meeting in Geneva at the behest of the United Nations. The BBC reports that the talks were organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN agency charged with ensuring that phone manufacturers agree to standards ensuring interactivity. The ITU's patent roundtable has drawn attendees from the biggest names in technology -- including Apple, Google, HP, Broadcom, Huawei, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, and more -- to Geneva for an event aimed at keeping the exercise of patents from stifling technological innovation.

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NHK Super Hi-Vision approved as 8K TV standard

08/25, 10:52am

ITU approves as standard after no broadcaster opposition

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has approved Japanese broadcaster NHK's Super Hi-Vision system as the standard for 8K video. The format proposal was unopposed by other broadcasters during a consultation period, which allowed the ITU to send letters to its members late last week, confirming it as the adopted standard.

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UN division intervening in European mobile patent war

07/06, 7:08pm

October meetings to address FRAND, innovation stifling

In response to the bevy of lawsuits involving standards-essential patents, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a division of the United Nations, is hosting a set of talks on the mobile patent wars in Geneva during October. The ITU says that the "innovation-stifling use of intellectual property [lawsuits]" needs to be addressed at the meeting, and vital patents such as 3G or JPEG encoding would be the meeting's focus.

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ITU puts LTE-Advanced, WiMAX 2 under IMT-Advanced standard

01/20, 3:30pm

ITU units 1Gbps standards under one banner

The International Telecommunication Union this week gave a label to a whole class of future 4G standards. Both LTE-Advanced and WiMAX 2 (WirelessMAN-Advanced) will be classed as IMT-Advanced. While the actual speeds of the standards vary, the ITU is promising "at least 100 times faster" performance than 3G and to get the higher speeds using less wireless bandwidth.

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UN wants 50% of developing world online by 2015

10/26, 9:20am

Wants 60% of developed world online as well

The UN has set some aggressive goals for bringing the world online. The organization's Broadband Commission for Digital Development has asked all countries to have broadband strategies in place by 2015. By that time, it has hopes that 50 percent of the populace living in developing countries, and 60 percent of those in developed nations, will have Internet access.

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Congressional bill would require clear info on 4G speeds

06/22, 3:50pm

Next Gen Wireless Disclosure Act talks 4G in House

Democratic Congresswoman Anna Eshoo has proposed a bill that would require carriers be forthright about increasingly confusing 4G terminology. The Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act would require that carriers publish details about their minimum 4G speeds, their coverage, and the reliability of the network. Eshoo hoped to set a framework for "what 4G speed really is" and make sure customers knew what they were getting.

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ITU: regular LTE, WiMAX and “evolved 3G” can be labeled 4G

12/19, 4:30am

T-Mobile 4G claims gain some credence

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has issued a press release that has expanded the use of the term 4G. Technologies that can now carry the 4G label include regular LTE, WiMAX and even what it broadly refers to as “evolved 3G technologies”. Previously it had maintained that the only technologies that would fit any definition of 4G would have to comply with either LTE Advanced or WiMAX 2.

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LTE-Advanced gets official 4G certification, joins WiMAX 2

11/24, 4:55pm

4G Americas officially recognizes LTE as 4G tech

The ITU this week officially declared LTE-Advanced has been officially recognized as a 4G wireless standard. The upgraded LTE now joins WiMAX 2 as an IMT-Advanced technology. This final ratification took place at the ITU-R Study Group meeting held over the past two days in Geneva, Switzerland.I n order to qualify for official 4G status, wireless technologies need to achieve peak rates of 1Gbps in hotspots and 100Mbps while mobile, have to be fully IP-based and have the ability to switch between networks that include 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi.

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AT&T unveils ultra-green USB phone charger

03/17, 10:55am

ATT ZERO Charger wastes no energy when done

AT&T today trumpeted its green credentials through the ZERO Charger. The Superior Communications-made device powers most low-power USB devices, including the iPhone, and is purportedly the world's first charger to avoid "vampire" power draw. When a device is full, the ZERO automatically stops charging and therefore avoids a trickle of energy when a device is left plugged in. The interchangeable "block" design also reduces the obsolescence of the charger once owners replace their devices.

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