You are currently viewing the printable version of this article, to return to the normal page, please click here.

UN group to pick global emergency number

- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (AP) - Negotiators at a conference on U.N. telecommunications regulations say they've found one bit of common ground _ how to call for help.

Envoys from 193 nations will decide between 911 or 112 as a standard global emergency number for new generations of mobile phones and other devices.

Wednesday's announcement marks a rare show of consensus at the International Telecommunications Union meeting in Dubai, where delegates remain deeply divided over whether to endorse greater government sway over the Internet.

A U.S.-led bloc fears it could be used by nations to justify greater Net restrictions. Others such as China, Russia and Gulf Arab states are pushing for acknowledgement that governments have a key stake in Internet affairs.

Both sides are engaged in intense lobbying before the meeting wraps up on Friday.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.