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Divergent Order in Convergence?

Divergent Order in Convergence?

The conference’s point of departure was the circumstance that digitalisation of the media has come a long way and that provides in principle the opportunity to distribute content by almost all channels and platforms. Concepts like Triple-Play, which were not much more than phantoms at conferences over the last few years have become products for purchase or, as with mobile television, at least technically realisable options. Already in 1997, the EU Commission hadposed the question in its Green Paper on "Convergence” as to what the merging of previously separate media and telecommunications markets means for the policy frameworks in the Member States.
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Project Description

The conference made an interim assessment of the German situation: following an overview of law, economy and technology „after the convergence” came talks and panels with researchers and practitioners on the changes to content production and distribution. Finally, experts described the consequences for the affected areas in the law. As the management of convergence also represents a regulatory task, a panel on the topic of coordinating commerce and the regulatory authorities formed the last part of the event.

Project Information


Duration: 2007-2007

Research programme:
RP2 - Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Digital Communication

Involved persons

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz

Third party

Cooperation Partner

Alcatel Lucent-Stiftung

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz
Director (Chairperson)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung │ Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 0 (Sekretariat)

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