General information on the draft of Regulations for Usage Fees of Specific Telecommunications Numbers
Telecommunication numbers are social resources of vital importance to the public interests. The use of “exclusive” or specifically sought out numbers affects the rights of others. In order to ensure more efficient usage of number resources, and promote fair competition in the telecommunications market, the telecommunication numbers charging mechanisms in the EU and various countries in the Asia-Pacific region were analyzed. Moreover, in accordance with Article 20-1 of the Telecommunications Act, the NCC has the authority to draw up Regulations for the Usage Fees of Specific Telecommunication Numbers in response to the potential economic value of rare number resources. The Regulations bring attention to the following areas:
1.The legal basis of these regulations.（Draft Article 1）
2.The requirement for Type I and Type II telecommunication enterprises to pay the usage fees of specific telecommunication numbers in accordance with the regulations（Draft Article 2）.
3. The type of specific telecommunication numbers and the definition of usage fees （Draft Article 3）.
4. The new or amended rules determining the selection of numbers of the operators shall be submitted to the NCC for reference（Draft Article 4）.
5. The criteria on collection of Golden Numbers fees and the time of payment （Draft Article 5）.
6. The need for operators to establish an account for Golden Numbers income, and simultaneously provide financial statements and verified reports by a certified accountant （Draft Article 6）.
7. The criteria on collection, payment, and refund of specific identification numbers （Draft Article 7）.
9 Articles adopted and promulgated in full on March 18, 2010, Ref. NCC Tong Chuan Zi No. 09942004370
These Regulations are promulgated in accordance with Paragraph 3, Article 20-1 of the Telecommunications Act.
Type I telecommunication enterprises, Type II telecommunication enterprises (hereinafter referred to as operators) and applicants establishing Type I telecommunication enterprises (hereinafter referred to as planners) shall render specific telecommunication numbers usage fees in accordance with these Regulations.
The specific telecommunication numbers of these Regulations are defined as Golden Numbers and Specific Identification Codes.
The aforementioned Golden Numbers refer to user numbers that have a certain array, special signification or that are especially memorable; the rules of the operators concerning the selection of numbers shall include such numbers.
Specific identification codes as referred to in Paragraph 1 refer to the International direct dialing network ID, Long-distance network ID, Carrier selection code, Virtual private service network code, Credit telephone service network code, SS7 ISPC, and SS7 NSPC.
The rules of the operators concerning the selection of numbers should include at least the user numbers covered by the rules in attachment 1; the user numbers should be provided by means of auction or pay-per-selection when the numbers are placed on the rules.
Operators shall submit the rules of the selection of numbers to the National Communications Commission（hereinafter referred to as the NCC）for reference within one month; same as amendment.
Prior to the implementation of these Regulations, Operators shall submit the rules of the selection of numbers to the NCC for reference within one month from the date of the promulgation of these Regulations.
Operators shall submit a declaration of 70% of the previous year’s annual Golden Numbers auction and income from selection of numbers to the NCC between May 1 and May 31 each year.
These regulations also apply to Golden Numbers that have been allocated to operators but have not been provided to subscribers before the promulgation of these Regulations, and the Golden Numbers re-provided to subscribers after the promulgation of these Regulations.
Operators shall establish an account category for the Golden Numbers auction and the selection of numbers income, when rendering the usage fees, and simultaneously submit financial statements and a verified report by a certified accountant.
The aforementioned financial statements and verified report shall be submitted to the NCC for reference before June 30 each year.
The income of Golden Numbers auction and select numbers as referred to in Paragraph 1 shall be merged into an annual franchise fee or permission fee financial statements, which can be used as the declaration of operators.
Operators and planners shall render the annual specific identification numbers fees in accordance with specific identification numbers fees schedule (attachment 2) within the month of July each year. If the implementation date of these regulations is after July 31 of the year, operators and planners shall render the specific identification numbers fees within one month from the date of promulgation.
If the allocated specific identification numbers date is after July 31 of the year, operators and planners shall render the specific identification numbers fees within one month from the second day of allocation.
The specific identification numbers fees shall be rendered according to the percentage of days from the date of the promulgations of these Regulations promulgation to December 31 of the year; For the specific identification numbers allocated within the rendered year, the usage fees shall be rendered according to the percentage of days from after the day of allocation to December 31 of the year.
After operators and planners render the specific identification numbers fees, and the numbers withdrawn by the NCC at this time, the NCC will refund the specific identification numbers fees without interest according to the percentage of days from withdrawal day to December 31 of the year.
Operators or planners should remit the usage fees of specific telecommunication numbers in the form of cash, check issued by bank, treasury check, draft to the NCC or local financial institutions.
The payee of the aforementioned check, treasury check or draft should be the NCC.
These Regulations shall become effective as of the date of promulgation.