Indian Broadband Policy and Regulatory Resources

Competition and Regulatory Reform

Effective regulatory frame work for the broadband diffusion requires regulatory preparedness in terms of efficient law, institutional independence and internal capability. The framework should clearly define the contractual obligations and rights of the governments and the stakeholders.

 The Indian Competition act was passed in 2002. This act was to provide, keeping in view of the economic development of the country, for the establishment of a Commission to prevent practices having adverse effect on competition, to promote and sustain competition in markets, to protect the interests of consumers and to ensure freedom of trade carried on by other participants in markets, in India.

Country Studies 

Competition Law in Chile - Chile’s centre-left government has recently proposed a major “pro-growth agenda,” developed by the government and the private sector, in which procompetitive regulatory reform is the first agenda item and improving competition law enforcement is the first part of that agenda item.

Australia Telecommunication Competition Regulation - This inquiry assesses the adequacy of the regulatory environment for competition in telecommunications. It centres on the telecommunications-specific provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974, dealing with anti-competitive conduct and access. As well, it encompasses the competition provisions of the Telecommunications Act 1997.

Links

Competition and Regulatory Reform -  This link explores the regulatory models adopted by different countries with respect to their telecommunications and competition regimes, existing regulatory trends in the relationship between these two frameworks, and whether such trends can be transferred effectively to developing countries.

Analysis of Jurisdictional Division of Power between Competition Authorities and Regulatory Institutions - The relationship between telecommunications laws and competition policies can be depicted through the jurisdictional division of power between competition authorities and regulatory institutions. When there are separate entities enforcing telecommunications and competition rules, balancing the interplay and jurisdiction between these two entities is a key element in allowing the industry to expand. 

 

Articles

 

Singapore to cut internet access for government workers - So that’s the end of Googling from the office. By next May, none of Singapore’s public servants will have access to the internet while at work. The city-state, which prides itself on strong law and order, is cutting off online access for government workers from about 100,000 computers, according to the Straits Times.

Broadband development through competition - A comparative study of various countries prove that broad band development in developing countries is through competition driven by wireless and Internet telephony. Facts driven approach of this paper enlightens from the Latin American Perspective.

Turkey further tightens control of the internet - With the adoption of an amendment to Law No. 5651, On Regulation of Internet Publication and Combatting Crimes Committed through Internet Publication, commonly known as the Internet Law, the Turkish government’s control and supervision of the Internet has been elevated to an even higher level.