International Communications and Information Policy

The Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP) serves the Department of State in an advisory capacity concerning major economic, social and legal issues and problems in international communications and information policy. These issues and problems involve users and providers of information and communication services, technology research and development, foreign industrial and regulatory policy, the activities of international organizations in communications and information, and developing country interests.

The Committee is comprised of senior-level officers of a broad range of companies and institutions that represent the communications and information technology industries, including manufacturers, service providers, software developers, trade associations, and academic institutions. The current 41 members of the Committee advise the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the following ways:

  • by providing information and advice on both public and private aspects of current foreign affairs issues in communications and information policy;
  • by providing advice in the formulation of United States communications and information policy, positions and proposals for multilateral and bilateral consultations, and negotiations on communications and information policy issues; and
  • by carrying out special studies and research in particular areas of information and communications policy as may be deemed advisable.

The Committee also consults with other interested parties--U.S. Government agencies, interagency committees, private groups, individuals--when it is necessary or desirable. The Committee generally holds biannual meetings; these meetings are open to the public and are announced in the Federal Register.