NBTC to set the set top box discount at 690 baht

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BANGKOK, 26 June 2014 – The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has set the price of set top box discount coupon at 690 baht, a significant decrease from the earlier announced price of 1,000 baht. 

Mr. Thakorn Tantasit, Secretary General of the NBTC, said that several public hearings would be held in the four different regions of the country to gauge public interests and feedbacks on the 25-billion-baht digital TV subsidy coupon program.

The public hearings will start on July 4th in Chiang Mai, July 5th in Khon Kaen, July 8th in Songkhla, and July 10th in Bangkok. All of the hearings will be attended by members of the budget-spending monitoring committee of the National Council for Peace and Order.

The hearings will allow people to discuss the price of the coupon, what benefits to be covered by the coupon and the number of households eligible to claim the coupon, which is still unsettled between 22 million and 25 million households.

Public hearings are expected to be concluded by July 15th, Mr. Thakorn said, adding that the coupons should be distributed by September this year.