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Thai ISPs authorised to block content directly

Thailand’s regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has given ISPs in the country the power to monitor and block web pages, without having to seek approval from authorities.

During a meeting between the NBTC, the Thai police and the country’s major ISPs, this authority was provided to prevent web pages that threaten national security or criticise the monarchy.

This covers all types of internet content and anytime a block occurs, the ISP must advise the NBTC and ICT ministry. Previously, ISPs required a court order to do so.

The NBTC stressed that the new authority did not mean it will stop monitoring web content itself.

The regulator has also reiterated that it plans to hold Thailand’s 4G auction by the end of August 2015.

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