Francesco Liberatore, partner in the firm’s Communications Practice, has authored the UK chapter of the second edition of International Telecommunications Law, published by Juris Publishing. This comprehensive guide includes coverage and analysis of the telecommunication laws, regulations and licensing practices and procedures across 38 countries, the European Union, Mercosur and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The UK chapter considers the unique history and significance of electronic communications in the country, as well as current trends and political developments, including the UK’s impending departure from the EU. Turning to policy and regulation, it establishes the significance of the Telecommunications Act 1984 and enforcement agency roles. Following the Strategic Review of Digital Communications in 2015, the chapter assesses the strengths of current licensing policies and practices and attempts to regulate foreign broadcasts. Net neutrality, network interconnection and the intersection with competition law are also featured in the chapter, with references to the latest case law, guidance and regulatory developments for each of these themes.
The increasing importance of the telecommunications industry has caused numerous legal, technical, financial and commercial issues that impact information services. Cross-media and foreign ownership issues have also led to a growth of legislation in many jurisdictions. This work explores these issues in depth.
The chapter is edited by Professor Dennis Campbell, Director of the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS) in Salzburg, Austria. CILS promotes the dissemination of information among members of the international legal community through research and publication projects, post-graduate and professional training programs, academic seminars, professional symposia and continuing legal education conferences.