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Telecommunications law

LWM48

This course is all about the area of law that regulates the telecommunications industry. What do we mean when we talk about the telecommunications industry? We all use our smartphones, tablets or computers to communicate but what is behind all this and how is it legally regulated if at all? By telecommunications industry we mean traditional fixed copper line based wire networks that have now been adapted for broadband internet or newly built optical fibre networks and the voice and internet services provided by these networks. We also mean mobile networks and mobile services including roaming where we go abroad. Telecommunications also includes transmission networks, services used for broadcasting television signals which can be cabled, terrestrial or satellite. During the course we will investigate the history and regulation of telecommunications in a number of jurisdictions, aiming to give students a wide overview of this area.

Module A: The purpose and experience of telecommunications regulation

LWM48A

  • Telecommunications law: introduction
  • Evolution of telecommunications regulation: models of regulation and market structures
  • Technology: a foundation
  • Competition, interconnection and pricing: the economic background of telecommunications law
  • Social policy and regulation: universal service, consumer protection and privacy

Module B: Telecommunications liberalization in Europe

LWM48B

  • The European Union institutions and sources of law
  • Competition law: ex ante and ex post, the tools of the regulator
  • Liberalisation and harmonisation: from opening the market to full competition
  • The New Framework Overview: the 2002 Directives and regulating for convergence
  • Authorisation and licensing: of networks and services, spectrum and rights of way
  • Access and interconnection
  • Universal service
  • Telecommunications privacy

Module C: Telecommunications contracts

LWM48C

  • Access and interconnection agreements: terms and conditions, peering and transit
  • Mobile agreements
  • Telecommunications outsourcing contracts
  • Consumer contracts and protection

Module D: Telecommunications: the international view

LWM48D

  • United States telecommunications law and regulation
  • The International Telecommunications Union and World Trade Organization: the international framework from tradition to trade
  • Submarines and satellites: the international regulation of outer space and underwater cabling
  • Regulatory issues in developing markets
  • The Asian experience

Assessment

Each module will be assessed by a 45-minute unseen written examination.

Sequence

It is strongly recommended you attempt Module A first and module C after modules A and B.

How to apply

You can either apply for these modules individually or as part of the Postgraduate Laws programme. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Common Law
  • Computer and Communications Law
  • Economic Regulation
  • International Business Law
  • Public Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

Academic Co-ordinator

Dr Bostjan Makarovic

Dr Bostjan Makarovic

Dr Bostjan Makarovic has has been involved in consultancy, managerial and research roles in regulation and CSR. He is the founder of Aphaia LTD. Bostjan is expert in regulation and CSR. His consultancy and managerial experience includes advising the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in relation to the review of the electronic communications regulatory framework, managing and giving advice to regulators and telcos in Europe and the Middle East, and publishing articles and books with publishers such as LexisNexis.

He holds Queen Mary, University of London PhD in the regulation of Next Generation Networks, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation, and is IAPP-certified international privacy professional (CIPP/E).