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Reprint of ISBN 9780414026971
Systems of electronic communications date back some 180 years to the invention of the electric telegraph. For most of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries services were generally provided by monopolistic state agencies and there was very little role for the law.
Over the past 30 years, the sector has undergone massive technical and structural changes and today the law has moved to centre stage.
Telecommunications Law gives an introduction to the basic technologies which are changing all our lives before describing the status, role and powers of the Office of Communications and also of the newly established Body of European Electronic Communications Regulators.
It considers the various legal relationships which may exist between network and service providers and also the emerging 'over the top' services such as voice over the Internet (VOIP) telephony. Key areas include the negotiation of access and interconnection agreements at both national and international level. The contractual relationships between providers and consumers are analysed and extensive consideration is given to consumer protection issues in the contexts of universal service and privacy protection.
Telecommunications Law features the following key content:-