The legislature is expected to loosen the current restrictions on media shareholding by government or political entities. BY TIMOTHY FERRY AND DON SHAPIRO The Legislative Yuan is currently considering draft amendments to Taiwan’s three primary media laws that would allow limited investment in electronic media operations by government, political parties, and the military. Current regulations…

US$3b Infrastructure Spend Clears First Reading The budget for the Tsai administration’s US$3.29 billion first phase of a major infrastructure project passed an initial reading in Taiwan’s parliament this week. The passage of the legislation for the so-called “forward-looking infrastructure plan” was marred by physical clashes in the Legislative Yuan as opposition Kuomintang lawmakers tried…

As online media and streaming services continue to grow, the telecommunications industry requires further rate deregulation to remain competitive. In its position paper in the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei’s recently released 2017 Taiwan White Paper, the Chamber’s Telecommunications & Media Committee addressed this need for further deregulation by recommending the National Communications Commission…

A TSMC factory in Hsinchu, Taiwan

TSMC China Plant Gets Green Light Taiwan’s Investment Commission on February 3 approved plans by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to build a US$3-billion 12-inch wafer plant in Nanjing, the largest investment by a Taiwanese chipmaker since the government eased restrictions on wholly owned semiconductor production facilities in China last August. The move by the…

Content owners urge the blocking of China-based websites that host a huge variety of unlicensed programming free of charge. Online piracy of television programs remains rampant in Taiwan in the absence of a mechanism to block offending websites, which are largely based in mainland China. A Chinese-language search on Google for “free Taiwanese TV programs”…