This edition of The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review provides an overview of evolving legal constructs in 28 jurisdictions around the world. It is intended as a business-focused framework for both start-ups and established companies, as well as an overview for those interested in examining evolving law and policy in the rapidly changing TMT sector.
Broadband connectivity and wireless services continue to drive law and policy in this sector. The disruptive effect of new technologies and new ways of communicating creates challenges around the world as regulators seek to facilitate the deployment of state-of-the-art communications infrastructure to all citizens and also to use the limited radio spectrum more efficiently than before. At the same time, technological innovation makes it commercially practical to use large segments of ‘higher’ parts of the radio spectrum for the first time. Moreover, the global nature of TMT companies compels them to address these issues in different ways than before.
The following chapters describe these types of developments around the world, as well as the developing liberalisation of foreign ownership restrictions, efforts to ensure consumer privacy and data protection, and measures to ensure national security and facilitate law enforcement. Many tensions exist among the policy goals that underlie the resulting changes in the law. Moreover, cultural and political considerations often drive different responses at the national and the regional level, even though the global TMT marketplace creates a common set of issues
John P Janka is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he served as a global leader of the communications law practice group for a decade. For almost three decades, Mr Janka has counselled international telecommunications operators and ISPs, content providers, investors and banks on a variety of regulatory, transactional and controversy matters. His experience includes the purchase, sale and financing of communications companies, the procurement and deployment of communications facilities, global spectrum strategies and dispute resolution, the provision of communications capacity, content distribution, strategic planning, and effectuating changes in legal and regulatory frameworks. His clients include satellite operators, broadband providers, wireless and other terrestrial communications companies, video programming suppliers, ISPs, television and radio broadcast stations, and firms that invest in and finance these types of entities. Mr Janka has served as a United States delegate to an ITU World Radio-communication Conference in Geneva, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr Janka holds a JD degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif, and an AB degree from Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
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