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Thai telecom plan criticized
Somkiat Tangkitvanich, vice president of the Thailand Development Research Institute, said the draft should include more concrete details so the upcoming National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) could oversee the industry in a practical manner. For example, the master plan should not determine how much of a reduction in telecom service fees that the NBTC could achieve in a certain period, but let prices move according to the market and the technology in the future.
Prawit Leesatapornwongsa, director of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)'s Consumer Institute, said the plan should promote the self-regulation of telecom and broadcasting operators.
The NTC should also work closely with the government in drafting the plan, since they have to work together in regulating the telecom industry.
The NTC held a seminar on the draft telecom master plan that it had prepared for the NBTC so that the NBTC does not have to start working from ground zero. However, it is up to the NBTC if it wants to use the NTC's draft.
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