chapter  4
57 Pages

The Establishment of Technical Standards in International Telecommunications

WithJames G. Savage

The primary "good" provided by the International Telecommunications Regulation (ITU) is the facilitating of international telecommunications. International radiotelegraphs thus operated in a largely unregulated environment. The ITU is the sole supranational body legally empowered to regulate international telecommunications. Within the ITU the consultative committees for radio communications and wired communications are the two agencies authorized to advise telecommunications administrations on telecommunications technical standards through the issuing of recommendations. Most International Consultative Committees (CCI) Recommendations are either first submitted by one of the national administrations, each of which coordinates research and development at the domestic level, or are adopted ex post facto by the national standard-setting body. For the CCIs, focusing on world telecommunications development, the "age of information" which commenced in the 1970s merely exacerbated what was already becoming an overworked order. The CCIs can only be understood in light of the technical and administrative developments that comprise their part.