UN group to pick global emergency numberDecember 12, 2012 in Technology / Telecom
(AP)—Negotiators at a conference on U.N. telecommunications regulations say they've found one bit of common ground—how to call for help.
Envoys from 193 nations will decide between 911 or 112 as a standard global emergency number for new generations of mobile phones and other devices.
Wednesday's announcement marks a rare show of consensus at the International Telecommunications Union meeting in Dubai, where delegates remain deeply divided over whether to endorse greater government sway over the Internet.
A U.S.-led bloc fears it could be used by nations to justify greater Net restrictions. Others such as China, Russia and Gulf Arab states are pushing for acknowledgement that governments have a key stake in Internet affairs.
Both sides are engaged in intense lobbying before the meeting wraps up on Friday.
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