[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 52 (Monday, March 20, 2017)]
[Page 14416]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-05456]



[Public Notice 9920]

Notice of Public Meeting of the International Telecommunication 
Advisory Committee and Preparations for Upcoming International 
Telecommunications Meetings

    This notice announces a meeting of the Department of State's 
International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC) to review 
recent activities of the Department of State in international meetings 
on international communications and information policy and prepare for 
similar activities in the next quarter. The ITAC will meet on April 27, 
2017 at 2:00 p.m. EST at ITIC, 1101 K St NW #610, Washington, DC 20005 
to discuss the preparatory process for multilateral meetings, the 
results of recent events, and preparations for upcoming meetings at the 
International Telecommunication Union and the Inter-American 
Telecommunications Commission of the Organization of American States. 
The meeting will focus on the following topics:

 Americas Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) for the 
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication 
Development Conference (WTDC)
 ITU Development Sector (ITU-D) Study Groups 1/2
 ITU Council Working Groups and Experts Group on International 
Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs)
 Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)
 ITU Council
 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum
 Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG)
 Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG)
 Telecommunication Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Study 
 Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Study Group
 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18)
    PP-18 will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, from--October 
29 to November 17, 2018. The Plenipotentiary Conference, which takes 
place every four years, is the highest policy-making body of the Union. 
PP-18 will determine the overall policy direction of the ITU; adopt the 
strategic and financial plans for the next four years; elect the 48 
members of Council, 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board, and five 
Elected Officials; and consider and adopt, if appropriate, 
modifications to the ITU Constitution and Convention. The Department 
seeks advice from stakeholders and interested parties to inform its 
upcoming preparations for PP-18, to include but not limited to input on 
the following questions:
    1. Maintaining the stability of the Constitution and Convention and 
the mandate of ITU, the Strategic and Financial Plans, Internet-related 
issues, and elections are typical U.S. priorities for a plenipotentiary 
conference. Should these remain U.S. priorities? What other U.S. 
priorities should be considered?
    2. Should the United States propose to initiate a process of ITU 
reform at PP-18? If so, what areas for reform should be prioritized?
    3. What are the major areas of concern for PP-18 and how should the 
United States address them?
    Comments in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF may also be submitted 
electronically to [email protected] on or before April 27, 2017.
    Attendance at this meeting is open to the public as seating 
capacity allows. The public will have an opportunity to provide 
comments at this meeting at the invitation of the chair. Further 
details on this ITAC meeting will be announced on the Department of 
State's email list, [email protected]. Use of the ITAC list is 
limited to meeting announcements and confirmations, distribution of 
agendas and other relevant meeting documents. The Department welcomes 
any U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to remain on or join the 
ITAC listserv by registering by email via [email protected] and providing 
his or her name, email address, telephone contact and the company, 
organization, or community that he or she is representing, if any. 
Persons wishing to request reasonable accommodation during the meeting 
should send their requests to [email protected] no later than April 14, 
2017. Requests made after that time will be considered, but might not 
be able to be fulfilled.
    For Further Information Contact: Please send all inquiries to 
[email protected].

Julie N. Zoller,
Acting Coordinator, International Communications and Information 
Policy, U.S. Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2017-05456 Filed 3-17-17; 8:45 am]