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Confusion on Internet future after UN treaty split

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The freewheeling, unregulated Internet seemed to survive a push for new rules at a UN treaty meeting, but the collapse of talks leaves unanswered questions about the Web's future. 

Hamadoun Toure (C), secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), addresses a press conference on the final day of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai on December 14, 2012. The freewheeling, unregulated Internet seemed to survive a push for new rules at the UN treaty meeting, but the collapse of talks leaves unanswered questions

A total of 89 countries endorsed the global treaty on telecom regulations at the UN's International Telecommunication Union gathering in Dubai on Friday, but the United States and dozens of others refused to sign, saying it opened the door to regulating the Internet.

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