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U.S. Telecommunication/ICT Preparatory Groups

U.S. input contributions and positions for international conferences and meetings involving international telecommunications and information policy matters are informed by preparatory processes convened by the Department of State for each meeting. Participation in these preparatory processes is limited to U.S. persons with telecommunications and information policy interests or technical expertise who are eligible and prepared to serve as advisors on the U.S. delegation and materially contribute to the preparation (e.g., take on work assignments such as producing or contributing to a U.S. input document to the meeting).

We have established the following email lists as a convenient means to coordinate the development of U.S. input contributions and positions:


  • ITU-PP-xx: Supports preparations for ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences, where “xx” indicates the year.
  • ITU-Council: Supports preparations for Council, its working groups, and preparations for the WSIS+10 review.

Radiocommunication Sector

  • ITU-R (also known as the “National Committee”): Supports preparations for ITU-R Study Groups 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, as well as major ITU-R meetings and conferences e.g. CPM WRC, RA, RAG.

Standardization Sector

  • ITU-T: Supports preparations for major ITU-T meetings and conferences, e.g. WTSA and TSAG.
  • US SGA: Supports preparations for the regulatory ITU-T meetings – ITU-T SGs 2 & 3.
  • US SGB: Supports preparations for the technical ITU-T meetings – ITU-T SGs 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, and 20. Normally, Sector Members attend in their own right and there is no U.S. delegation to purely technical SGs like 12 and 16.

Development Sector


Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications

Document Access

Having access to ITU (and CITEL) documents is essential to well-informed participation in U.S. preparatory processes. We will enable U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are supporting our preparatory processes to have ITU TIES (and CITEL Collaborative Space) accounts to access meeting documents. Participants are expected to be self-sufficient in terms of accessing and downloading documents. We do not enable accounts for non-U.S. persons.

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