2002 Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2002

Effective Regulation

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The fourth edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform is dedicated to the theme of effective and independent regulation. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the number of regulatory institutions has increased from 13 to more than 110, with many of them having been created in the past five years. But merely creating a regulatory body without empowering it to be effective is not enough. The report looks at the need for regulators; the process of creating a regulator; definitions of independence; why effectiveness may be more important than independence; powers and functions of the regulator; transparency in the decision-making process; organizational structure and finance issues. It is structured into nine chapters.



Financing ther regulatory authority

The creation of separate regulatory agencies in the communications sector has increasingly raised the question of how those agencies are to be funded. This is not as straightforward a question as it first may seem, because the very reasons why governments are creating the new agencies – the need for stability and independence from industry and, perhaps, short-term political considerations – may be complicated by the manner in which the newly created (or newly reformed) agency receives its financial support.


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