Silicon Flatirons Center
A Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
at the University of Colorado
International Telecommunications Regulation
October 21, 2002
In 1997, the World Trade Organization agreed on a set of principles for the liberalization of telecommunications across the globe. In theory, all countries would develop regulatory regimes for telecommunications that would spur innovation, competition, and investment. This process involved two complementary steps: a development of a harmonious model for sound regulatory policy across the world and an openness to transnational investment. In practice, the efforts to move towards a global environment remains fraught with difficulties, as some countries struggle to develop sound regulatory frameworks -- i.e., ones open to competition -- and as others resist foreign investment or impose nettlesome obstacles. This conference will examine these questions, evaluating the success of the liberalization efforts as well as the challenges that lie ahead.