Mobile Message Services and Communications Policy

Goggin, Gerard & Spurgeon, Christina L. (2005) Mobile Message Services and Communications Policy. Prometheus, 23(2), pp. 181-193.

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Something of a design after-thought mobile phone SMS (Short-Message Services) have been enthusiastically adopted by consumers worldwide, who have created a new text culture. SMS is now being deployed to provide a range of services and transactions, as well as playing a critical role in offering an interactive path for television broadcasting. In this paper we offer a case study of a lucrative, new industry developing internationally at the intersection of telecommunications, broadcasting, and information services — namely, premium rate SMS/MMS. To explore the issues at stake we focus on an Australian case study of policy responses to the development of premium rate mobile messaging services in the 2002-2005 period. In the first part, we give a brief history of premium rate telecommunications. Secondly, we characterise premium rate mobile message services and examine their emergence. Thirdly, we discuss the responses of Australian policymakers and industry to these services. Fourthly, we place the Australian experience in international context, and indicate common issues. Finally, Finally, we draw some conclusions from the peregrinations of mobile message services for regulators grappling with communications policy frameworks.

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ID Code: 9183
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/08109020500085601
ISSN: 1470-1030
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Prometheus 23(2):pp. 181-193.
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:17

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