Online media face a massive increase in regulation and compulsory content levies under the Convergence Review's interim proposals for a more converged, less technology-specific content régime.

If implemented, the proposals would represent a dramatic increase in protectionism and would be a huge win for the commercial free-to-air television networks in their battle to offload their current content responsibilities, under the guise of "regulatory parity".

The interim report, after months of consultations by the review team of Glen Boreham, Malcolm Long and Louise McElvogue, proposes an entirely new framework for content and spectrum regulation, abandoning the current technology-specific Broadcasting Services Act and Radiocommunications Act-based framework.