Communications policymakers debate the urgent need for greater connectivity
‘You’ve responded better than you ever possibly thought’. Chris Chapman, president of the International Institute of Communications, opened the annual International Regulators Forum (IRF), by drawing attention to the ability of regulatory bodies to implement rapid changes in the face of Covid-19. But he went on to point out that the broad successes achieved should serve to focus attention on the larger questions raised by the pandemic: that regulatory bodies around the world mostly lacked the frameworks, powers, legislative support and resource competencies necessary to address the acceleration of digitisation now under way, especially for more remote and rural communities.
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