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This fully updated fifth edition of The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review provides an overview of the evolving legal constructs that govern the issues facing lawmakers and regulators, as well as service providers and new start-ups, in 29 jurisdictions around the world.
The pervasive influence of internet and wireless-based communications continues to challenge existing laws and policies in the TMT sector. Old business models continue to fall by the wayside as new approaches more nimbly adapt to the shifting marketplace and consumer demand. The lines between telecommunications and media continue to blur. Content providers and network operators vertically integrate. Many existing telecommunications and media networks are now antiquated – not designed for today’s world and unable to keep up with the insatiable demand for data-intensive, two-way, applications. The demand for faster and higher-capacity mobile broadband strains even the most sophisticated networks deployed in the recent past. Long-standing radio spectrum allocations have not kept up with advances in technology or the flexible ways that new technologies allow many different services to co-exist in the same segment of spectrum. The geographic borders between nations cannot contain or control the timing, content and flow of information as they once could. Fleeting moments and comments are now memorialised for anyone to find – perhaps forever.
In response, lawmakers and regulators also struggle to keep up – seeking to maintain a ‘light touch’ in many cases, but also seeking to provide some stability for the incumbent services on which many consumers rely, while also addressing the opportunities for mischief that arise when market forces work unchecked.