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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT                                                            
The International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (IJCLP) has          
launched its web-site today.                                                    
Please see the full content at:=20                                              
Editors' Statement                                                              
"Writing about the past in the past" is the continual accusation laid by        
users of academic research, whether government, industry or,                    
increasingly, students. This frustration at the lack of contemporary            
relevance in the universities' function is compounded by two relatively         
recent concerns of which universities are 'late adopters'. These are:           
the globalisation paradigm in its many forms, and the onset of                  
digitalised information transfer.=20                                            
These associated phenomena have led proponents to suggest that the              
social sciences should respond by rephrasing their mission, presently           
defined by the nation-state and spatially defined by their local                
physical environment, towards a multinational and 'virtual' Internet            
The editors (in alphabetical order):                                            
Dr. Gunnar Bender  (M=FCnster)                                                  
Campbell Cowie  (London)                                                        
Andreas Gr=FCnwald  (M=FCnster)                                                 
Markus H=F6ppener  (M=FCnster)                                                  
Christopher T. Marsden  (Warwick)                                               
Stefaan Verhulst  (Oxford)                                                      
There are three: by professors from three different countries, focussing        
on three separate policy areas. First, member of the editorial advisory         
board Monroe Price of Cardozo Law School, New York, who writes a                
provocative and stimulating article on the future of public service             
television in the United States. In part comparative, the article               
strikes a nerve for European policy-makers in its advocacy of an auction        
for public service provision in the digital age. Public ownership is a          
primary means of ensuring pluralism and diversity in media sources. In          
the second article, Jens Cavallin, expert advisor to the Council of             
Europe Mass Media Committee, and the Swedish Committee on Media                 
Pluralism, adopts the 'long view' of media ownership and pluralism law          
and policy in the European arena, with contemporary warnings that               
ownership legislation is falling further into disrepute as attention is         
drawn to competitiveness and convergence. The competitiveness theme is          
taken up in the third article. Professor Christian Koenig and Ernst             
Roeder of Marburg University provide a critical appraisal of German             
constitutional law, in its regulation of new media and digital services.        
The federal-state tensions inherent in the Basic Constitution have              
created a duplication of regulators, and consequent incoherence and             
inefficiency for investors. In a convergent digital era, they believe           
that Germany cannot compete for multinational investment without                
substantial reform of the constitution, to allow unified regulation by          
the federal government.                                                         
Work In Progress                                                                
The work in progress provides the clearest examples of the academic             
interdisciplinary nature of IJCLP: work on the policy implications of           
digital convergence on the future of the city by an urban geographer;           
future directions in communications policy in a transitional economy by         
a Romanian regulator; and the competition policy considerations which           
will absorb the future attention of European Union and North American           
regulators by an English lawyer and Scottish economist. First, Andy             
Pratt of the London School of Economics presents a provocative paper            
which argues that the 'weightless economy' conceptualised by his                
colleague in economics, Danny Quah , does not signal the death-knell for        
the urban environment. On the contrary, it raises a series of new               
questions and challenges for governments, which seek to increase                
employability of their citizens in the Information Economy. Secondly,           
Cowie and Marsden also seek to clarify policy analysis, in the provision        
of converged communications. In their view, 'bottlenecks' in pay-TV are         
the forerunner of increasingly complex and critically important                 
regulatory issues for communications regulators, in which                       
standards-setting in the vertical value chain takes on critical                 
importance for corporate and government actors. Thirdly, Nitilescu              
throws regulating imperfect markets into stark contrast, with a case            
study of Romania, typical of many transitional (and developing)                 
economies in its late, and far from smooth, embrace of commercial               
communications actors.                                                          
Case Note                                                                       
- CompuServe in Free Speech Jeopardy in Bavaria -                               
The first case note in the journal is of profound significance for an           
international analysis of communications regulation: the heavy-handed           
and potentially unconstitutional conviction of the former General               
Manager of CompuServe in Munich. Dr. Gunnar Bender explains the                 
significance and implications of the state prosecution of the                   
unfortunate Herr Somm, together with analysis of the case itself, and           
the likely progress of an appeal.=20                                            
It is hoped in future issues to address cases of similar significance           
for an international readership. For instance, the facts of the 27 May          
decision of DG IV of the European Commission to veto the proposed merger        
of Bertelsmann-Ufa's pay-TV operations with those of Kirch Gruppe, via          
Deutsche Telekom's cable network, are well-known. The implications for          
future digital pay-TV joint ventures and mergers, particularly those of         
Telepiu in Italy, MCI-Worldcom in the US, and BIB in the UK, are                
profound. IJCLP will attempt to put these decisions into context.               
In reporting casenotes, legislation and policy documents, the journal           
will seek to bring a deeper analysis of the implications for future             
communications policy. The dynamism of the law in this area, together           
with the confusion of often clashing judgements of different                    
jurisdictions, demonstrates the need for lawyers, academics and policy          
actors to stay abreast of current developments in this field.                   
Information is brought by the IJCLP newsletter: the journal will provide        
the analysis.                                                                   
Legislative and Policy Analysis                                                 
The first opinion on legislative analysis is equally contemporary, and          
revealing of current US attitudes towards a critical socio-economic             
indicator of regulatory intent: universal service in the Information            
Age. In her exploration of the debate over the E-Rate (S.254,                   
Telecommunications Act 1996), Dr Beth Noveck supplies European and              
international communications regulators and policy-makers with a                
salutary example of best intentioned democratic legislation falling foul        
of practical politics in its implementation. The definition of universal        
service in the Information Age also occupied the minds of the workshop          
on Internet telephony organised at the University of Marburg at the             
beginning of June (see Conference Abstracts) and the International              
Telecommunications Society Biennial Conference (see Conference Reviews).        
Readers exploring this site for further information are thus supplied           
with a combination of resources: policy opinion, workshop abstracts,            
conference reviews and links to the conference papers. It is hoped that         
this example of providing a wide range of resources to our readers -            
that of universal service and the Internet - can be repeated for other          
topics. For instance, the associated topic of convergence is discussed          
in a work-in-progress, conference abstracts, the links page, call for           
papers for Issue 2, the link to the prototype issue, and the conference         
Readers are encouraged to use this new site as a wide-ranging resource:         
any suggestions for further features and links they wish to see covered         
should be e-mailed to the Editorial Team.=09                                    
Dr. Gunnar Bender                                                               
Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (ITM)               
Section for Administrative Law - Prof. Dr. Bernd Holznagel LL.M.                
University of Muenster, Germany                                                 
Universitaetsstr. 14-16; D- 48143 Muenster                                      
Tel.: +49/251/8328411   Fax: +49/251/8321830                                    
E-Mail: benderg@uni-muenster.de                                                 
Institute: http://www.uni-muenster.de/Jura.tkr/                                 
Private:   http://www.digital-law.net/