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Regulation, Governance and Convergence in the Media

Peter Humphreys and Seamus Simpson

Media convergence is often propounded as inevitable and ongoing. Yet much of the governance of the media sector’s key parts has developed along discrete evolutionary paths, mostly incremental in character. This volume breaks new ground through exploring a diverse range of topics at the heart of the media convergence governance debate, such as next generation networks, spectrum, copyright and media subsidies. It shows how reluctance to accommodate non-market based policy solutions creates conflicts and problems resulting in only shallow media convergence thus far.
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Chapter 8: Conclusion: governance, policy and the development of media convergence

Peter Humphreys and Seamus Simpson

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Chapter 8 provides conclusions to the volume’s analysis of the governance of media convergence. Overall, the convergence in media that we witness and experience at the time of writing is a product of different traditions, practices and cultures. A central argument of the chapter is that convergence, due to its incomplete nature, presents considerable opportunities, despite the problems elucidated throughout the volume. The chapter argues that media governance and policy can set the context for a more inclusive and progressive process of convergence to unfold. A series of potential media policy solutions to the current impediments to convergence are presented in the chapter. These cover the core areas of coverage of the volume’s preceding chapters. The chapter puts forward an agenda for future work that can lead to a richer understanding of the significance and capacity of digital convergence.

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