The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) has called an extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday to discuss the amendments that the industry wants in the Communications Convergence Bill (2001). IBF is expected to ask for certain changes in content regulation codes specified in Section 20 (I) of the Bill. The foundation had earlier said it would set up its independent code for content regulation.
IBF is also likely seek a “clarification on the separate content and carriage bureaus under the proposed Communications Commission of India (CCI).
IBF has demanded equal representation from the telecom and broadcasting sectors. IBF has also pointed out that there is no need for the CCI to distinguish between satellite and subscription broadcasting as spelt out in Section 26 (6) of the Bill as the choice of “free-to-air” or “pay” is a business decision and should be left to the companies concerned.
The IBF is also against CCI determining rates and tariff for services saying they were business decisions based on revenue models of individual players.