Speech to International Symposium on Converging Technologies & Disruptive Communications:
Content delivery: the economic and social benefits of good policy making
Creina Chapman, ACMA Deputy Chair and CEO
11 September 2018, Thailand
Today I would like to speak about existing and potential future content regulation, and our approach in Australia.
Content delivery in today’s world offers both opportunities and challenges for businesses, consumers and regulators.
While advances in technology bring opportunities for the creation and distribution of content, there are challenges for ensuring regulation is fit-for-purpose in this new environment.
Australians have earned a reputation for being early adopters of each new wave of communication innovations.
Our latest figures show that nine out of 10 households are connected to the internet, eight in 10 Australians own a smartphone and data downloads have increased by 43 per cent over a 12-month period.
One of the functions of our communications networks is to deliver content. These networks continue to grow, and consumers expect them to be robust, always-available wherever and whenever they want, at an affordable cost, and with ever increasing utility.
Shifts in technologies are disruptive for businesses and for individuals, but they are also disruptive and challenging for good policy and regulation.
This is leading to a re-think of how we as regulators can provide the benefits and protections demanded by our local consumers.
So how is Australia approaching content regulation?
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