On October 10, 2012, Chairman Genachowski spoke at the Futurecom conference in Rio de Janeiro about the upcoming December 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, calling it “a crossroads for the Internet.” Emphasizing the work the FCC has undertaken to increase broadband adoption and Internet openness, Chairman Genachowski stated “[b]roadband is an engine for innovation, fueling sustainable economic development.” But, echoing the concerns of many, including Commissioner McDowell, Chairman Genachowski stated that “[s]ome proposals put forward for the WCIT fundamentally threaten the Internet as we know it.” He criticized outdated regulatory proposals like “sender pays” and rules “that would involve [the] International Telecommunication Union in regulating cybersecurity, or could be used by countries to support monitoring and restrictions on online communications.” He urged openness and Internet freedom, and the rejection of proposals that would allow content monitoring by governments. These proposals, he stated, would stifle economic development and depress broadband deployment.

Chairman Genachowski’s speech is available here.

A press release about Chairman Genachowski’s speech is available here.