Communications policy is established by international regulatory bodies and national and regional governments to ensure that media serve not only their owners and content creators, but individual citizens and society. Some important distinctions to keep in mind. Policy as a set of guiding ideas and practices. Regulation, or the enforcement of legislation & government policy through rule- making. In canada, communications policies can be developed by governments in committee, subject to usual parliamentary procedures, or by public agencies (crtc) Researched through public hearings, task forces, and parliamentary committees. Recommendation have resulted in the establishment of the nfb, cbc, crtc, telefilm. To prevent the circulation of illegal materials. Communications policy is a by-product of global contact between peoples, companies, and governments. Began with the invention of the printing press. Early copyright laws were only national in scope(foreign works not protected) Berne convention(1886) was the first international agreement. Unesco is a forum for discussion of communications issues.