The Supreme Court (SC) has asked the Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI) not to take the order forward which asked broadcasters to roll back the 27.5 per cent tariff hike for non-addressable and addressable areas. This comes as a relief to broadcasters as this means that they will not have to revise their wholesale tariff to those that existed before the implementation of the two tariff orders until the next hearing.
On July 23rd TRAI had asked 54 broadcasters to revise their wholesale tariff for non-CAS and DAS areas to tariff rates that existed before the coming into force of the two tariff orders that have been set aside by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). The Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) had challenged the TDSAT order on April 28, 2015 but no stay on the operation of the said order of the TDSAT had been granted.
While the IBF has sought out an urgent hearing in the case stating that TRAI has issued this letter and therefore needed protection against any coercive action by TRAI. The next hearing in the SC for the case will be on August 4 and in the meanwhile the SC has directed the TRAI to not take any coercive action against the broadcasters.