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Communications bill: inside story

As the communications bill passes into law there will be rows about the power of Rupert Murdoch and the BBC. But it is the convergence between television, computers and mobile telephones that has required a new regulatory framework

By Dan Corry   April 2003

It is a truism to say that the world of communications is changing rapidly. There are 48m mobile telephones in use in Britain, compared with 7m in 1997. Nearly half of British households now have access to the internet, which they use for e-mails, for shopping, for reading the papers-or sometimes even to watch webcasts of football or pornography.

At the same time, millions have access to many more television channels than they used to, some through subscriptions, some through pay-per-view, others via a set-top box that gives access to digital channels like BBC4 and Sky News with no further…

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