NCC said the establishment of internet industry code of
practice is part of its Internet Governance function, but says it
favours a multi-stakeholder model of engagement in the
process of policy development for the Internet Governance.
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has asked
stakeholders in the Nigerian telecom industry, as well as
the general public to contribute in the development of a
code of practice in support of an open internet.
NCC said the establishment of internet industry code of
practice is part of its Internet Governance function, but says
it favours a multi-stakeholder model of engagement in the
process of policy development for the Internet Governance.
“Extensive consultation of stakeholders is crucial to the
success of developing a code of practice in support of an
open internet,” the commission said in a statement.
Already, the commission has identified key stakeholders.
They include all Internet Service Providers in Nigeria,
relevant associations (ISPAN, CPN, ATCON, ALTON, GSMA,
Nigerian Computer Society, Nigerian Internet Governance
Forum and several Government Ministries, Agencies, and
Departments (NCC, NITDA, NiRA, NBC, CBN, Ministry of
Communication, etc.)
Others are security agencies (NPF, EFCC, ICPC, NSA;
interested multinationals (Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle;
academia and the general public. Stakeholders are expected
to submit their input (comments, concerns, feedback, and
suggestions for scope and content) via an Online Public
Consultation Portal provided by the commission: http://
www.ncc.gov.ng/internet-code-of-practice-consultation
The input submitted will be taken into consideration in the
drafting of the Internet Industry Code of Conduct. According
to NCC, the proposed Code of Practice seeks, among other
things, to protect the rights and interests of Internet Service
Providers and consumers; provide jointly agreed and
effective solutions to the issues of discriminatory traffic
management practices and ensure adequate safeguards are
put in place by service providers against abuses such as
unsolicited messages.

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