Proceedings PaperTelecommunication Deregulation And Information Flow
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This paper discusses issues due to the convergence of computer and communications technology and services. The communications services grew out of national and international regulations. Whereas, the computer technology and services developed outside the regulatory domain. The new informatics and telecommunication services are rapidly expanding. They provide new opportunities and challenge by the flow of information. Information is a resource which is not used up by consumption. Besides, it can be enlarged and shared. It is playing an increasingly important role in the socio-economic life. New instruments are being developed to facilitate the flow as well as to protect the information content from misuse. Due to national diversity, an important factor for the continuation of civilization, it is difficult to harmonize the different economic, legal, political and social issues. Therefore, these different systems must work independently as well as interdependently. When selecting national and international instruments, the goal is to keep each society open and its power structure decentralized. This may be accomplished by either regulation or competition of the marketplace, depending on the ideology of the respective society. Each society may chose its own path but all need to agree on the common goal.