Taipei – Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has offered a definition of the word ‘household’ to settle disputes regarding to cable television service charges. Currently, service operators charge their customers per household, with the monthly service fee capped at NT$600 (US$18.20) according to Cable Television Law. An NCC spokesperson explained that customers are charged per household because of the Copyright Act, which authorizes content to be viewed by members of a family, but that the definition of household had been challenged. Types of household include apartments, penthouses and student dormitories where controversy arises when landlords these are divided into several smaller rooms and rented out to individuals. Whether these independent units should be considered households is the subject of debate. Lee said that the NCC had concluded that a household, in terms of cable television services, should be defined as one where family members live together in a home that has only one name plate. But given that modifications can be made to a house and that household members can differ, if consumers can provide substantial evidence to prove that they are using the service as a household, the service operators should not ask them to pay additional monthly fees.