Conroy outs media, comms review terms

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy yesterday published the terms of reference for a review of communications and media regulations given the changing technology environment.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy yesterday published the terms of reference for a review of communications and media regulations given the changing technology environment.

According to Conroy, being able to access media anywhere, anytime has put a strain on Australia's current regulatory platform.

"The government recognises that regulatory measures designed in the 1980s may not be the most appropriate for the 21st Century. We need to ensure that Australia's regulatory framework continues to operate effectively and appropriately in a converged environment," Conroy said in a statement.

The review aims to drag the regulations into the current era of constant access. Conroy called for interested parties to voice their thoughts.

"Our intention is that the Review will look at all content delivery platforms including broadcast, mobile and fixed telecommunications and the internet," he said. "It would seek to identify appropriate licensing regulations, regulatory obligations and consumer protection arrangements across these platforms."

Consultation on the terms will run until 28 January 2011.