Regulating for the future: accommodating the effects of convergence

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    Convergence describes the dissolving of traditional boundaries between the computing, telecommunications and broadcasting sectors. Advances in technology, especially the widespread application of digital technology, have enabled similar services to be delivered on a variety of platforms. Convergence is challenging traditional concepts of "telecommunications" and "broadcasting", as well as the assumptions underlying legislation and policy. This article considers the effect of convergence on the continuing efficacy of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) and the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth). Options for reform are considered, and regard is had to the recent introduction of a new "electronic communications" regulatory regime in the European Union.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)20-39
    Number of pages20
    JournalTrade practices law journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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