Cabinet approves NT$20 billion NCC plan for 4G

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Fri, Nov 15, 2013 - Page 4

The Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal by the National Communications Commission (NCC) to develop the fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband network after the service is inaugurated next year.

Minister Without Portfolio Simon Chang (張善政) said the government would earmark NT$20 billion (US$675.8 million) to help the industry, including a project to encourage service providers to install base stations in remote areas to help reduce the urban-rural digital divide.

The Cabinet also approved a proposed six-year fund of NT$60 billion for flood control, continuing the eight-year NT$116 billion flood prevention and water management program begun in 2006.

Under the proposal, the government would finance the fund either by taking out loans or selling publicly owned shares, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Woody Duh (杜紫軍) told a press conference held following the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Heavy rains brought by two typhoons in early September caused extensive damage in mountainous and plains regions in the south, prompting local governments to ask the central government to budget a new flood control plan that would take up where the eight-year project, which ends this year, leaves off.

The Cabinet also decided to send back an amendment to the Organ Transplant Act (人體器官移植條例) to the Ministry of Health and Welfare for further consultations after Cabinet members were divided over articles regarding organs harvested from convicted prisoners, Executive Yuan spokesperson Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) said.

The act now allows organ harvesting from dead inmates as long as the inmates gave their prior agreement and made the decision of their own free will.