The International Communication and Information Policy (CIP) group is led by the United States Coordinator for International Communication and Information Policy who also holds the rank of Deputy Assistant Secretary and, by U.S. Senate confirmation, Ambassador.
CIP is divided into three offices: Bilateral and Regional Affairs, Multilateral Affairs, and Technology and Security Policy. These offices lead interagency delegations to international meetings (frequently with private sector participation), work with Advisory Committees, coordinate Executive Branch views on related policies, provide fora for input from private sector and consumer organizations, and maintain close liaison with U.S. embassies and other missions around the world to advocate U.S. interests.
Bilateral and Regional Affairs (CIP/BA)
The Office of Bilateral and Regional Affairs works with governments in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America on issues of:
- Fair, pro-competitive telecommunications regulatory regimes (including an independent regulator);
- Minimal regulation of the Internet and e-commerce to promote expansion in these areas;
- Open access to markets (including through telecommunications and e-commerce chapters of free trade agreements);
- Bilateral ICT development assistance.
Multilateral Affairs (CIP/MA)
The Office of Multilateral Affairs represents the full range of U.S. ICT and telecommunications policy interests in the following multilateral organizations:
- International Telecommunication Union (ITU);
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD);
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization;
- Commission for Inter-American Telecommunications (CITEL) of the Organization of American States.
Technology and Security Policy (CIP/TS)
The Office of Technology and Security Policy covers the following issues and international organizations:
- Global Internet and e-commerce issues;
- Satellite/space specific issues, including foreign market access and licensing, and technical coordination to avoid radio frequency interference;
- ICT aspects of export, investment and sanctions issues;
- ICT aspects of law enforcement, intelligence and national security issues;
- The International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), which oversees the "lifeline" service obligations of Intelsat, LLC, a global fixed-satellite service provider;
- The International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), which oversees the public service obligations of Inmarsat, Ltd., a mobile-satellite service provider.