30th July 2011. Over the last few months, the Australian government has been seeking submissions on the issue of convergence. Legislative convergence – the amalgamation of communications, internet and media legislation under a single, converged legislative framework – has often been viewed as a best practice response to convergence issues.
To date, several jurisdictions have integrated their media and communications laws into a converged legislative framework – Malaysia; the EU and its member states of the UK, Finland, Sweden and Italy; and South Africa. A common feature of these converged frameworks is the use of a regulatory model that is structured on the network layers of next-gen networks or IP based technologies, rather than on the vertical industry structures of telecommunications, broadcasting and IT. The Australian government is considering implementing a similar model.