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Convergence revisited toward a modified pattern of communications governance


Latzer, M (2009). Convergence revisited toward a modified pattern of communications governance. Convergence, 15(4):411-426.

Abstract

This article revisits the nature and governance implications of the convergence phenomenon more than a decade after it gained major prominence in politics and research. It analyses the reforms undertaken in reaction to convergence, outlines their common features, and argues that a worldwide trend towards a modified common governance pattern for convergent communications markets is emerging. The major constituent components include integrated strategies, control structures and legal frameworks for the convergent communications sector; a technology-neutral functional taxonomy; a subdivision into transmission and content regulation; and a growing reliance on alternative modes of regulation such as self- and co-regulation.
Key Words/ communications research / convergence / governance / media policy / regulation / telecommunications policy

Abstract

This article revisits the nature and governance implications of the convergence phenomenon more than a decade after it gained major prominence in politics and research. It analyses the reforms undertaken in reaction to convergence, outlines their common features, and argues that a worldwide trend towards a modified common governance pattern for convergent communications markets is emerging. The major constituent components include integrated strategies, control structures and legal frameworks for the convergent communications sector; a technology-neutral functional taxonomy; a subdivision into transmission and content regulation; and a growing reliance on alternative modes of regulation such as self- and co-regulation.
Key Words/ communications research / convergence / governance / media policy / regulation / telecommunications policy

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:November 2009
Deposited On:11 Mar 2010 10:00
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 22:19
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1354-8565
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856509342342
Related URLs:http://con.sagepub.com/ (Publisher)

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