This module examines the global trend away from national monopolies in telecommunication and broadcasting networks towards competition in a regulated and increasingly international communications market. The principles underlying this process of liberalisation and regulation are elucidated and explained in this course, which control the provision of telecommunications equipment, networks and services.
In particular, the course will concentrate on the policy issues that governments pursue in the sector, the regulatory mechanisms used to regulate, the challenges of economic regulation; and communications content issues arising from privacy and convergence. Specific attention is given to the role of ex post competition law in the behaviour and structure of telecommunications markets and some of the main forms of contractual arrangements that arise in legal practice.
2 x 2,500 word course essays.