Competition Policy in the Digital Age

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Course overview
Competition in mobile telecommunications is multifaceted and dynamic. Regulatory authorities must be alert to rapid technological changes that impact infrastructure competition and the related downstream and upstream markets.

This course provides a foundation for understanding the rules of competition and the regulatory powers that apply to the telecommunications sector, within the background of a wider competitive landscape that now includes Over-The-Top players.

Course objectives
-Understand the application of competition law as it applies to the telecommunications sector, especially abuse of dominance and merger control
-Look at the interaction between competition law and regulation, especially Significant Market Power/Dominant Carrier regulation
-Compare the treatment of the telecommunications sector in regulation and competition law with the situation in the wider communications ecosystem

Course Duration
4 weeks
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Course Leader
David Darwin
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David is a public policy and regulatory advisor to the GSMA Regulatory Modernisation programme. In this role, David leads and coordinates priority market activities, advises members on policy positions and strategies and engages with national regulators and governments to encourage forward-looking regulatory frameworks. Prior to his work with the GSMA, David served as an associate attorney in the Washington, DC, offices of two global law firms, specializing in telecom regulatory law, and conducted telecom regulatory and policy research in Morocco under a US Fulbright grant. He has also worked at the US FCC with Commissioner Deborah Tate on issues of children and media. David holds a BA in economics and political science and a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University, as well as an LLM with a specialism in IT, Media and Communications Law from the London School of Economics.

Course Moderator
Ronda Zelezny-Green
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Ronda developed and directs the Capacity Building programme’s eLearning platform. She has more than 10 years of teaching and training delivery experience, both face-to-face and online. She has also worked with learners across five continents, at all education levels, and in government. She has regional expertise in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, and subject matter expertise in public policy, gender, and mobile learning. Ronda has a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies for Development from the University of London.