ITU Radiocommunication Sector | ITU-R
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a UN specialised agency that is responsible for matters related to telecommunication and ICT infrastructure technologies. The ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) sets standards for radiocommunication systems, which includes spectrum management. Spectrum is an essential resource for wireless technologies and its allocation determines which operators can provide internet services to communities. This in turn determines which communities have the ability to access and connect to the internet. The ITU-R also develops recommendations in the implementation of these standards and regulations. The ITU is an intergovernmental organisation where only Member States have voting rights. While civil society can technically become Sector Members of the ITU-R, membership fees are generally required and it can be difficult to successfully secure fee waivers or affordances.