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Minister Rudiantara to coordinate with stakeholders to discuss ‘content, business entity’

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Indonesia’s Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara announced that the government is set to launch a new regulation for Netflix and similar services on March, after a hearing with the House of Representatives on Thursday, January 28.

“The regulation will come out on March … We will coordinate with Ministry of Education and Culture for its content, and the Coordinating Ministry of Economy [to discuss Netflix’s] form of business entity,” the Minister explained as quoted by Kompas Tekno.

He also added that the regulation will likely be in form of a joint decree between Ministries.

Minister Rudiantara also explained that Indonesia’s legal system currently does not include regulation for services such as Netflix, which will later be put into ‘electronic system provider’ category.

He will coordinate with stakeholders to follow up on the matter.

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Indonesia’s state-owned telecommunications provider Telkom recently came under fire for blocking access to Netflix, under the consideration that it provides violent and pornographic content, and that it does not have an operating license in the country.

During the hearing with House of Representatives, a speaker from National Mandate Party, Budi Youyastri stressed that Telkom should have waited for instructions from Ministry of Communications and Informatics to blockade the service.

He called for the Ministry to regulate the service, as well as to open the blockade.

“The argument for closing down Netflix cannot be justified unless it is under direct order from the Ministry,” Youyastri stated.

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