The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) appreciates the opportunity to submit its views regarding the National Communications Commission’s (NCC) draft Internet Audiovisual Service Management Act (“the Act, Draft IASMA or the Draft Act”).
We commend the NCC for their efforts on drafting the Draft Internet Audiovisual Service Management Act which is seen by many as the world’s first Over The Top Services (OTT) regulation. We believe the draft builds upon the conclusions of the Commission’s Communications Policy White Paper released earlier this year, and we applaud certain areas of the Commission’s measured regulatory approach. While we support the NCC’s intention, we would also like to express our concerns on this draft Act. We understand that one of the draft’s main objectives is to prohibit mainland Chinese streaming services, however we are concerned that the implementation of this act may effectively end the light-touch regulatory environment for OTT services in Taiwan.