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Broadcasting, universal service and the communications package

Woods, L (2005) 'Broadcasting, universal service and the communications package.' Info, 7 (5). 29 - 41. ISSN 1463-6697

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this article is to assess whether the ECS succeeds in respecting the needs of broadcast content, especially given its accepted importance by the European Union and the member states for society at a social, political, educational and cultural level. Design/methodology/approach - The article looks at the issue of access to broadcast content from the perspective of the viewer or citizen. In doing so, the article focuses on specific provisions in the ECS which aim to ensure access to infrastructure: Articles 5 and 6 Access Directive and Article 31 Universal Service Directive and questions whether these provisions provide sufficiently for a diverse range of broadcast content. Findings - The paper concludes that protection awarded is focussed more on market considerations than non-economic considerations and that citizens' interests, as opposed to those of the consumer, are not adequately protected. Originality/value - This paper considers the telecommunications framework from a broadcasting perspective in some detail; most analyses of this legislation emphasise competition law issues in a telecommunications framework. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jake Newell
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 13:37
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:23
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13561

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