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I can see that working in countries who might be reliant on others for parts of their tech infrastructure. But would that actually work in the UK?

Here in the U.S., we like to be the ones creating recommendations for the rest of the world, not following them (at least not blindly). The excuse of "We're just doing what the ITU recommends" would never fly here.

> But would that actually work in the UK?

Yes. This already happens with the EU; at least some of the unpopular things "forced" on the British government by the EU were actually requested by the UK in the first place.

Out of interest, like what?

That sounds plausible. I've heard the US do the same thing, making unpopular changes domestically by pursuing them through foreign policies, then bringing the US "world standard."

I have no specific knowledge of these negotiations, but you have to look deeper to see who suggested what.

You might find that (e.g.) AT&T (pipes) or Comcast (pipes) or Cisco (hardware) lobbied with a lot of countries and US government bodies to make this happen. Depending on the outcome, they might have a lot to gain; and doing it this way, they appear a helpless victim, just "taking orders from the UN", when in fact it was their initiative.

E.g. ACTA (and its son, the TPP) are pushed hard by Hollywood - but are mostly presented to the congress and the public as "this is an international treaty we must follow"

Poltiics and diplomacy make sure that real reasons are almost never reflected in newspaper headlines.

It absolutely works in the US. Look at some of the copyright extension stuff. There were complaints and the response from congress was "We're just normalizing with Europe"

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