Improving the enabling environment for electronic communications and ICT development in Kosova : [Presentation given on November 17, 2010]

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Title: Improving the enabling environment for electronic communications and ICT development in Kosova : [Presentation given on November 17, 2010]
Author: Kukaj, Agim
Abstract: This Capstone Project addresses an important problem hampering growth and development in the Kosova electronic communications sector, namely that its legislative enabling environment is seriously out of phase with current communications technology convergence, modern competition-based regulatory practices, and European Union (EU) information society policies. This is because the existing Law on Telecommunications is eight years old and urgently requires updating, and at the urging of the European Commission (EC), has led Government to commit to completing a new Electronic Communications Law based on EU legislation by end 2010. Specifically, of the many issues to be addressed by a new legislative framework, this Project focuses on the research and development of legislative solutions that both comply with relevant EU legislation and can be sustainable in the Kosova context in four key problem areas: (i) Eliminating entry barriers and promoting competition via the adoption of a general authorization regime in lieu of current licensing rules; (ii) Harmonizing the regulatory approach to the convergent broadcasting and telecommunications sectors, and then proposing them for inclusion in a draft new law; (iii) Increasing service choice, quality, and consumer protection for users through an effective, technology-neutral regulatory framework; and, (iv) National regulatory agency set up (coherence, independence, accountability, transparency, predictability, capacity). The Project outcome enables policy makers and legislators to be presented with fully researched and justified legislative reform proposals in these areas that are fully harmonized with EU standards. By rationalizing the sector it enables an environment (economically and administratively), when promises to enhance the economic development potential and the social utility of the sector.
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Date: 2010-12-17

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