Communication Policy


In over a century now we have seen adaptations and regulations to the always evolving communication technologies. The government policymakers proceed in the notion to further society with all these developing new communication technologies. At the same time, these policies have a small regulatory touch, promoting a free-marketapproach that attempts to balance the economic interests of media and communication industries with the first Amendment and the rights of citizens (pg 66). The issues at hand are how much regulation is needed, what the motives behind regulators for or against are, and who the beneficiaries are. There are many prospects to be considered when making policies. Regulations can be formed on the basis of wide spread competition between local business and that which of monopolies. The freedom of how communication can be dispersed, decentralized, and easily available to consumers. Also there is the issue of how much control is to be giving to government and the privacy of citizens. The basic reasoning behind all regulations and policymaking is so that society shapes their use of communication technology to best fit them.
The first communication policy known was the first Amendment, in dealing with freedom of press and speech rights. The First Amendmenthas now been forced to adapt, while remaining the form of protection for the traditional press, broadcasting, cable television, and the internet (pg. 67). Now, three baseline regulation types are put in place to categorize policymaking for technology. These are content regulation (how much protection of the First Amendment), structural regulation (market power of diverse ownership), and technical regulation (prevention of inference). In addition to these types, there are regulatory bodies that are in charge of certain communications, theInternational Telecommunications Unionand Federal Communication Commission..
Throughout all of communications, policymaking was established by the invention of the telegraph. Now we have seen that through history the telephone, broadcasting, cable television, direct broadcast satellite, convergence, and the internet all have policies. The policies have been put in place to promote the development of all communication technologies mentioned above. In recent years, some policies are out dated or revisions have been made to suit upcoming issues that carry with these new technologies. Communication technologies are only advancing, therefore policymakers and regulations are going to have to accommodate to the increasing widespread of them.



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