Since the last edition of the book was published, there have been a number of important developments in the telecommunications industry. Telecommunications Law and Regulation takes these changes into account, including an examination of the EU New Regulatory Framework, as well as the establishment of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). There are also new chapters on spectrum management (radio frequencies), and consumer protection rules. The access and interconnection chapter addresses the issues surrounding the high capacity broadband widely provided by Next Generation Networks.The chapter on licensing and authorisation has been refocused to reflect the increasing regulatory focus on the mobile sector. The chapter on regulating content has also been significantly restructured and revised to reflect the changes in how we consume content. Written by leading experts, it is essential reading for legal practitioners and academics involved in the telecommunications industry.
Dr Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and Head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. Ian is a solicitor and is Of Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and is on the Board of the Press Complaints Commission. His publications include The Telecommunications Law Handbook (1997), Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2007) and Media Law and Practice (2009). Ian has been involved in law reform projects for the World Bank, the European Commission, UNCTAD, UNECE and the EBRD, as well as for a number of individual states.
PART I: FUNDAMENTALS ; 1. Telecommunications Law and Regulation: An Introduction ; 2. The Economics of Telecommunications Regulation ; PART II: REGULATORY REGIMES ; 3. The Telecommunications Regime in the UK ; 4. European Union Communications Law ; 5. Overview of US Telecommunications Law ; PART III: KEY REGULATORY ISSUES ; 6. Authorisation and Licensing ; 7. Spectrum Management ; 8. Access and Interconnection ; 9. Consumer Protection Rules for Telecommunications ; 10. Competition Law in Telecommunications ; PART IV: TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRANSACTIONS ; 11. Capacity Agreements: From Wavelengths to MVNOs ; 12. Telecommunications Outsourcing ; PART V: COMMUNICATIONS CONTENT ; 13. Communications Privacy ; 14. Convergence: The Impact of Broadcast Regulation on Telecommunications ; 15. Regulating Content and Internet Services: From PRS to Net Neutrality ; PART VI: INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY REGIMES ; 16. International Telecommunications Law ; 17. Telecommunications Reform in Emerging Markets