Chapter 3: The future is (still) mobile: spectrum governance issues in a converging media environment
Chapter 3 of the volume explores the changing governance of airwave spectrum in a context of media convergence. Spectrum has historically been viewed as an invaluable, scarce communications resource governed with strong public interest principles in mind. The digitalisation of the airwaves provided capacity saving benefits, as well as an enabling infrastructure for content-rich media services, classic of media convergence environments, to be sent and received wirelessly. However, ironically, this so-called digital dividend has whetted the appetite of commercial players from the mobile broadband sector to secure increased spectrum to intensify their service provision at the expense of incumbent terrestrial TV broadcast players. The chapter illustrates how what is effectively a turf war over spectrum exemplifies much of the tensions between media with a public service functions and sensibilities and those which are out and out commercial in nature.
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