West spurns U.N. telecom treaty

U.S., others see threat to Web freedoms

Posted: December 15, 2012 at 2:03 a.m.

Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the International Telecommunications Union, (center) answers questions Friday at a news conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Envoys from nearly 90 nations on Friday signed the first new United Nations telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the U.S. and other Western nations refused to join, saying the treaty endorses greater government control over the Internet.

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