About the Committee
The IBA Communications Law Committee is a leading global forum for legal practitioners with specialist expertise or interest in the communications sector.
The Committee offers members access to a worldwide network of leading practitioners, in-house counsel and regulators active in telecommunications and media markets. The Committee encourages the sharing of sectoral expertise through an annual newsletter, periodic technical journal and the annual Committee Conference, hosted jointly with the IBA Antitrust Committee.
The scope of the Committee's work covers network, service and content-related developments across all delivery platforms. This provides members with access to practical global perspectives on the array of technological, commercial and policy issues which confront communications lawyers, their companies and clients. Recent contemporary issues addressed by the Committee include:
a comparative review of functional separation as a structural remedy in telecommunications markets around the world;
the regulatory implications of local access fibre deployments and their impact on the business models of network operators and service providers;
the risks and opportunities for operators looking to capitalise on investment in IP-based platforms by moving down the value chain into a fragmented media marketplace;
the unique character of emerging and developing communications markets and what this means for transactions, opportunities and regulatory policy in those markets;
regulatory issues associated with market developments such as fixed-mobile substitution, VoIP, VoD and IPTV, user-generated content, digital switchover, mobile broadband and unified communications;
the new and important legal developments occurring in communications markets at the interface between regulation, antitrust and the Web; and
the function of global standards (including the evolution of new wireless and IP standards) and the function and regulation of standards bodies.
Committee conferences and publications regularly receive input from regulatory and antitrust bodies, including the European Commission, Federal Communications Committee, Department of Justice, OECD and the ITU, amongst others. The Committee's membership also includes legal counsel from prominent global telecommunications, technology and media brands and global leaders from private practice.
Additionally, the Communications Law Committee works with the following committees to form the Intellectual Property, Communications and Technology Section: