|From the Convergence of Technologies to the Convergence of Regulations: Reviews of NCC Policies|
|NCC, regulatory reform, IPTV, LLU, Communications Act|
|In the past, DGT (the Directorate General of Telecommunications) and GIO
(Government Information Office), the two regulatory agencies, had governed telecommunications
and mass electronic media policies in Taiwan respectively. However,
with the development of IP technology and the convergence of communications
services from time to time, there is a strong need from relevant industries to
establish a new regulatory agency to cope with all the disputing issues in telecommunications
and mass electronic media fields, in order to reduce the inconsistencies
of regulation philosophy between DGT and GIO.
In this case, the new national regulatory agency, National Communications
Commission (NCC) had been established in February 22, 2007. Not surprisingly,
the Commission has to deal with many complicated and disputing issues of
communications field from the very beginning, likes announcing the copper pair
lines of last mile being bottleneck facility, or transforming the MOD service
provided by CHT originally defined as a cable TV service to one kind of
telecommunications service. In these policy-making processes, NCC not only
utilizes the relevant laws and regulations at present, it also integrates the idea of
future digital convergence trends in to these policies. Nevertheless, due to lack of
professional financial knowledge in NCC, it seems that some policies on the price knowledge in NCC, it seems that some policies on the price regulation do not bring
the original effect as it wished then yet.
This Article will discuss and analyze the important policies NCC had made in
this year and will also introduce the new “Communications Regulatory Act” that
NCC had announced in September, 2007.