U.S. Delegation to the World Telecommunication Development Conference

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 21, 2010

From May 23 to June 4, Ambassador Philip L. Verveer, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, will lead an interagency delegation from Department of State, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to the fifth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in Hyderabad, India. The Conference is held under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union.

Ambassador Verveer will be joined by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and other State Department, FCC, DHS and NTIA officials.

The WTDC will focus on development priorities in telecommunications and information and communication technologies. The objective of the conference is to promote international cooperation, regional initiatives and partnerships that can sustain and strengthen telecommunication infrastructure and institutions in developing countries. Key topics to be addressed include broadband connectivity, cybersecurity, e-accessibility, e-applications, human capacity building and emergency communications.

On the margins of the conference, members of the delegation will travel to Delhi for a U.S.-India Information and Communication Technology Working Group meeting with the Indian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Members of the delegation will also travel to Bangalore to meet with leading industry representatives and to discuss new trends in technology with a group of young innovators.

PRN: 2010/662