ITU History Lesson
The ITU has been around in various forms for over a 100 years and has contributed to the standards that made the telegraph and the telephone work world-wide. Aside from setting standards for modems (the fax and data kind for phone lines), they've largely been pushed to the curb by the internet. I think they see themselves as setting standards for buggy whips in the automotive age and don't like their prospects. Setting themselves up as toll collectors for the many governments who still view international communication as a way to raise money without offending the locals preserves some role for the ITU in the 21st century.