MIB advisory to MSOs on disconnection of signals of LCOs
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued a stern warning to multi-system operators (MSOs) not to disconnect signals of local cable operators (LCOs) without giving prior notice specifying the reasons for the proposed disconnection
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has issued a stern warning to multi-system operators (MSO) not to disconnect signals of local cable operators (LCOs) without giving prior notice specifying reasons. Any violation in this regard would be taken seriously and action would be initiated against erring MSOs.
As per chapter V of Standards of Quality of Service (Digital Addressable Cable
Systems) Regulations, 2012 issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), no multi-system operator (MSO) shall disconnect the signals of a TV channel of a linked local cable operator without giving three weeks’ notice to such local cable operator, clearly specifying the reasons for the proposed disconnection.
As per the regulation, notice of disconnection of signals of TV channel is also required to be published in two leading local newspapers of the State in which the service provider is providing the services, out of which one notice shall be published in the newspaper in local language.
MIB said that it had been brought to its notice that some MSOs are disconnecting signals to cable subscribers without giving any notice in violation of the above mentioned regulation.
It also in violation of the undertaking given by MSOs in Form 2 of their application which states: “We shall ensure that my/ our cable television network shall be run in accordance with the provisions of the Cable Television Network (Regulations) Act 1995 and the rules made thereunder, regulations, orders, guidelines or the directions issued by the Central Government or the Authority from time to time.”
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