Media Regulatory Frameworks in the Age of Broadband: Securing Diversity

Journal of Information Policy, Vol. 1, pp. 217-240, 2011

24 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2012

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Lesley Hitchens

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

This article explores a dramatically different regulatory framework in a post-convergence 'Broadband Age.' Future media policy and regulation will have to address the entire 'media ecosystem,' viewed as a 'regulatory space' in which self-regulation and the market are all part of the basket of regulatory tools. Its goal should be to maintain and strengthen the public sphere. Traditional rules limiting media ownership or setting content requirements are unlikely to be viable, and will be replaced by increased reliance on sectoral ex ante competition regulation, perhaps complemented by a code of behavior promoting self-regulation regarding content. The article concludes that traditional media regulations rooted in spectrum scarcity are not sustainable in the long term.

Keywords: media diversity, broadband, media policy, regulation

JEL Classification: K23

Suggested Citation

Hitchens, Lesley, Media Regulatory Frameworks in the Age of Broadband: Securing Diversity (September 1, 2011). Journal of Information Policy, Vol. 1, pp. 217-240, 2011 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2128407

Lesley Hitchens (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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