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Tech regulations need public consultation

  • Zacky Husein

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 27 2016   /  07:49 am

The Communications and Information Ministry on April 29 opened itself up to public feedback regarding a new regulation it had drafted relating to the provision of content and application services over the internet, better known as “Over the Top” (OTT) services.

The public consultation period for the draft OTT regulation, which lasted for four weeks ending on May 26, provided relevant stakeholders, particularly those from the private sector, with the opportunity to submit input and comments.

Public consultation, carried out by the government, is neither novel nor special. They are typically obligated for higher level regulations, not for ministerial level regulations such as the draft OTT regulation. In that regard, the fact that one was called for the draft OTT regulation is uncommon, but very much to be welcomed, particularly when it comes to a sector as central and p...