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Cable operators black out channels, government to table Cable TV Bill tomorrow

22-July-2002
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Cable operators black out channels, government to table Cable TV Bill tomorrow

The government plans to introduce the Bill to amend the Cable Television Act for implementing the conditional access system (CAS) in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. After a brief discussion, the Bill, in all probability, will be referred to the standing committee on information technology or to a select committee after a brief discussion.

To begin with the Cable Operators United Front—an organisation of multi-systems operators, franchisees, and independent cable operators has started to black out all channels for an hour, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to press for immediate introduction of CAS Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Cable operators are also threatening a one-day blackout on July 24, if the government fails to introduce the Bill.

Cable operators are also threatening to raise the monthly subscription to around Rs 400 per month per household. They have also aired advertisements asking consumers to co-operate.

Earlier the government had withdrew the Bill from the Rajya Sabha’s agenda last week to work out a consensus on it. A host of other issues further delayed the introduction of the Bill in the upper House.

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