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Taiwan Plans 47 New Radio Licenses

These will be its first since 2000

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission is holding hearings about the release of new radio licenses, according to an account in the Taipei Times carried by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

The regulatory body plans to open 47 new frequencies. These will be the first broadcasting licenses issued since 2000, the newspaper reported.

“The hearing is expected to attract parties interested in operating radio services, particularly underground radio stations seeking to become legal by having state-assigned frequencies,” according to the account. “Operators of illegal radio stations have protested for years, claiming they had been discriminated against when applying for new operating licenses.”