U.S.-Russia Information and Communication Technology Roundtable and Bilateral Talks

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 10, 2010

From May 11 to 14, Ambassador Philip Verveer, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, will lead an interagency delegation from the Department of State, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to the U.S.-Russia Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Roundtable and bilateral talks with the Russian Ministry of Communications in Moscow.

Joining Ambassador Verveer are FCC Commissioner Michael Copps and Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling, as well as other State Department, FCC and Commerce Department officials.

This is the first U.S.-Russia ICT Roundtable since 2004.

The delegation’s mission complements and supports the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission with the goal of beginning a dialogue on a range of topics including broadband, internet governance, cybersecurity, spectrum management, the analog to digital TV transition and coordination of positions for upcoming meetings at the International Telecommunication Union.

In advance of the official meetings, the delegation will meet with industry representatives, participate in the first Russian Internet Governance Forum, visit the Sviaz-Expocomm, participate in the U.S. Russia Business Council’s first Strategic Infrastructure Forum and speak to graduate students at the Russian State University of People’s Friendship.

PRN: 2010/595