The revised submission, now co-signed by Russia,
But this proposal has yet to be debated in the public sessions, and its recommendations may have little chance of being approved
As a 12-day conference of the ITU drew near its Friday closing, the chairman of the gathering in Dubai circulated a draft that sidelined proposals from
"The United States believes it is the basis for any further progress toward reaching an agreement at this conference," said U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer, who had led Western opposition to the earlier proposals.
The new draft was greeted positively by a broad swath of delegates to the conference and came as a surprise to many who had been frustrated by the deadlock gripping the event over the weekend.
Hamaoun TourО, ITU secretary-general, said he had hosted discussions between the opposing parties, and weary delegates seemed eager to resolve their differences as talks drag into the early hours each night.
A majority of the more than 150 countries represented at the conference had been willing to officially extend the mission of the
The issue is coming to a head now because the ITU is revamping its treaty for the first time since 1988, before the World Wide Web took shape and became an economic, cultural and political force usually free from international oversight.
The compromise-in-progress would move most Internet elements from the treaty itself to a separate, U.N.-style "resolution" that is not binding on the countries, delegates said.