S. Korea’s Broadband Regulation a Good Model, UNH Researcher Says

S. Korea’s Broadband Regulation a Good Model, UNH Researcher Says

by Karen Grava
Director of Media Relations

The United States can learn about broadband regulation by looking at efforts made by the Korean government, Eun-A Park, an assistant professor of communication, told the Federal Communications Commission last week.

She spoke last week at an invitation-only workshop on the Future of Broadband Regulation at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C., organized by the Institute for Information Policy at Pennsylvania State University and the FCC.

Eun-A Park

"I was delighted with the level of interest and engagement with which my paper was received,” she said. “As a professor, these are the sort of opportunities for which we spend countless hours doing research – to see our work received at the highest levels of government. It was a wonderful experience."

The purpose of the workshop was to allow academic and government experts to discuss “work-in-progress” with their fellow participants and to permit senior FCC management and other representatives to review some of the policy challenges that the transition to a ubiquitous IP-based broadband network poses.

The conference was necessary because broadcasting, telecommunications and the information technology sectors, once distinct industries, have merged to become the “broadband ecosystem,” Park said. “Governments everywhere are confronting the need to effectively regulate this broadband ecosystem, which does not easily fit into the traditional models of regulation.”

Park said South Korea is a leading example of how to regulate the industries in the new environment. “Due to the fast deployment of information infrastructures and technologies in South Korea since the 1980s, the country has confronted the opportunities and challenges of technological convergence sooner than most nations,” she said. “The government’s policy responses are an example of the transformation of government decision-making structures under the challenges of the emergence of the broadband ecosystem.”

Park said the Korean government in 2008 established the Korean Communications Commission, and in 2013 instituted reforms that established the Ministry of Science, Information and Communications Technology and Future Planning. “I believe there is something to learn from the Korean case, such as the government's proactive approach to these issues and the way it facilitated fierce competition among the industries,” she said.

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