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Internet drives Taiwan regulatory reform

At the end of 2015, "after a long run of ambitious regulatory reform", Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) officially released its legislative proposal on five new laws to replace the existing telecommunications act, terrestrial radio and television act, cable television and radio act and satellite broadcasting act, Arthur Shay reports at the site, International Law Office. All five draft bills are pending review with the Executive Yuan (the government executive branch) and are expected to complete submission at the end of April 2016 for further consideration. "The NCC says that it will change from a silo model to the horizontal-layers model used in telecoms, traditional radio and television regulation to address the enhanced effect of the internet." It follows the Japanese approach of the last century by splitting the existing telecoms act into two separate statutes – the telecommunications business act and the law governing telecommunications infrastructure and resource management. "This liberalises the communications service market and removes entry barriers to further investment in both basic and enhanced services. Terrestrial television and radio stations, as well as cable television systems, will in future be categorised as telecoms platform providers that carry content subject to NCC approval and licensing.” See http://bit.ly/22kfW2E

  • Monday, 21 March 2016

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