Europe does not want an international body created to govern the Internet, he added.
The U.S. is skeptical of that assertion.
Pakistan’s delegate to the ITU said the Internet needs an “Inter-Governmental Council” to set policies and oversee the delegation of names, numbers and addresses.
“To a degree here, what we’ve got is a clash of ideas, a 20th-century perspective on coordination with a 21st-century technology,” said Paul Twomey, ICANN’s president and chief executive.
Representatives of the ITU’s 189 members are scheduled to meet in the days preceding the Nov. 16-18 summit in Tunis, Tunisia, to further hash out the competing proposals.
Michael D. Gallagher, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, said the EU offer “is not the solution” and dismissed other models introduced last month simply as ways to create bureaucratic interference in a medium that opens up economic and political opportunity.
“We embrace these concepts of the private sector, the marketplace and freedom of expression. So the contrast is stark and the choice is clear,” he said.
Despite international pressure, U.S. resistance to shifting oversight responsibility away from the Commerce Department likely would quash proposals of the European Union and others.
“The summit is consensus-based. When there is a lack of consensus, the status quo must continue,” Mr. Gallagher said.
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