07 Jan 2011
The discussion then turned a long-mooted proposal to eliminate long-distance rates within Taiwan.
The committee passed two motions designed to enable uniform calling rates for Taiwan proper and its outlying islands, treating the whole of Taiwan as a single area.
The NCC plans to implement uniform phone rates in a piecemeal fashion, but the ruling KMT party is pushing to align call rates in the outlying islands Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu with Taiwan proper within a year.
But Taiwan's largest operator, Chunghwa Telecom, told the Times it believes the entire process could take between four to five years. The company complained it stands to lose NT$3.58 billion ($122.4 billion) from the scheme.