NBTC warned over OTT move

Legal experts raise issue of jurisdiction

Teens and young adults often find the mall is a great place to watch streaming video. Experts on OTT are doubtful the regulators' plan to control internet content is viable. (EPA photo)

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 (NBTC) 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, while in the US the Federal Communications Commission keeps tabs on online video distribution.

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