The chief American negotiator at a UN telecommunications conference in Dubai has said there is a basic disagreement over possible new internet regulations.
Ambassador Terry Kramer said some advocate stronger government roles but the US wants to leave the internet alone.
Mr Kramer is leading efforts at closed-door talks to block any new UN rules on internet oversight, warning they could lead to more censorship and restrictions around the world.
A reported counter-proposal submitted by host nation the United Arab Emirates - backed by Russia, China and others – advocates a stronger government nvolvement in internet affairs.
The UN’s International Telecommunication Union is seeking to wrap up meetings in Dubai this week, but negotiators still appear deeply divided.
The UN talks also include a wide-ranging agenda, including ways to expand internet services in developing nations.