Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2013
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Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2013

Transnational Aspects of Regulation in a Networked Society

The annual Trends in Telecommunication Reform publications are a key part of the dialogue with the world’s information and communications technology (ICT) policy-makers and regulators to ensure that all citizens can safely benefit from innovations taking place in the market leading to new applications, services and businesses opportunities brought by a converged digital environment. The 13th edition will examine transnational aspects of regulation in a networked society and provide a sound understanding of the digital ecosystem in place and the role of regulation. To fully participate in today’s networked society and be part of tomorrow’s hyper-connected digital world, policy-makers and regulators need to adopt and implement appropriate policies and means to further safe digital opportunities and inclusion of all. Implementing their digital strategies requires them to cooperate on national, regional and global scales to understand the changes taking place in the market, and adopt innovative regulatory measures and tools.

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This thirteenth edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform has focused on the “Transnational aspects of Regulation in a Networked Society.” There is little question that the world is becoming more interconnected. The development of networks—and the services that run over them—has become a high priority in many countries as their importance for achieving economic and social objectives has been recognized. As a result, advanced broadband networks are being deployed around the world at an increasing pace. As networks spread and as services increasingly cross national borders, however, a number of challenges are increasingly confronting policy-makers and regulators. The new networks are breaking down the traditional categories of regulation and causing policymakers to rethink their legal and regulatory frameworks. The advent of new services are also raising basic questions about how such services should be regulated; can old models be applied or is a new approach needed?