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Statement on the OECD's Announcement of Principles for Internet Policy-Making at its Meeting on the Internet Economy

June 29, 2011
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Moira Vahey
State Department contact: Zoe Mezin

Background: Today at a meeting in Paris, France, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries and other stakeholders agreed to a set of principles to guide Internet-related policy-making in member countries. The principles resulting from this multi-stakeholder process are in this communiqué:

The following may be attributed to Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling:

“Today’s OECD agreement is a major achievement that will support the continued innovation and growth of the global Internet economy. The policy-making principles provide a shared framework for addressing Internet issues while promoting an open, interconnected Internet that encourages investment and the trust of its users. Today’s announcement also reflects a growing global consensus on the value of the multi-stakeholder approach towards addressing Internet challenges, an approach that remains critical to the Internet’s success.”

The following may be attributed to U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh:

“The communiqué is an important deliverable on the U.S.'s open Internet agenda. Next steps are turning the principles into a formal OECD Recommendation and a U.S.-OECD Roundtable on measuring the Internet's contribution to innovation in October.

“The U.S. asked for this summit to stop the balkanization of the Internet by building global norms that nurture the open Internet and increase economic prosperity around the world. We can't afford to undermine the innovation engine that has produced more growth in its first 15 years than the industrial revolution did in its first 50.”

Additional Resources:

Letter from Ambassador Kornbluh to the OECD to request a policy forum on the Internet economy (September 20, 2010):

Information on the OECD’s Internet policy forum held in Paris, France on June 28-29, 2011:,3746,en_21571361_47081080_47122461_1_1_1_1,00.html

OECD’s “The Future of the Internet Economy: Statistical Profile, June 2011 Update”