Government’s media convergence review continues to ignore disability

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 10:55am

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has released five discussion papers on a range of issues as part of the Convergence Review.  None of the discussion papers is concerned with access to convergent media for people with disabilities.

The five discussion papers are on:

  • Media diversity, competition and market structure
  • Layering, licensing and regulation
  • Spectrum allocation and management
  • Australian and local content
  • Community standards

In the world of communications technology, ‘convergence’ refers to the major communications platforms (broadcasting, telecommunications and online) coming together so that their once separate functions overlap. Video content, for example, that used to be available only on television can now be viewed easily over the Internet.

Media Access Australia believes that it is important the Convergence Review consider the impact of convergence on accessibility, including the barriers and opportunities provided by convergent media.

For more information about convergence and access, visit our Convergence Review section. Information on how to access convergent media can be found in our digital technology and online media sections.

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