Bangkok Post: “NBTC Warned over OTT move”

Thailand’s move to control foreign over-the-top content (OTT) service providers by making them set up local entities is putting the government on rocky ground as there are no legal provisions for this, legal experts said this week.

No country has regulated its OTT services yet. This means Thailand would become the first to do so if the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission goes ahead with its plan, said Paiboon Amonpinyokeat, founder of P&P Law Firm.

Many are experimenting. European countries regulate the electronic communications services, and the information society services and the information society services, while in the US the Federal Communications Commission keeps tabs on online video distribution…

“Regulators around the world are struggling to deal with incoming OTT players with disruptive business models, said Bunyati Kirdniyom, director of Vriens & Partners, a Singapore-based advisory firm. Too-swift regulation could kill innovation while tardy implementation may put the OTT service providers beyond the scope of regulators, he warned.” 

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