NTO 2.0: Bombay High Court to hear matter on February 12

The Indian Broadcasting Foundation had filed a writ petition on January 13 against the regulatory body seeking a stay on the implementation of NTO 2.0

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jan 30, 2020 5:15 PM

The Bombay High Court will now hear the matter on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) NTO 2.0 on 12 February. The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) on January 13 had filed a writ petition against the regulatory body seeking a stay on the implementation of the new tariff order.

The court called both the parties on 30 January and heard both sides of arguments today. According to the sources, TRAI’s legal representative made a statement at the very beginning that the arguments should be based only on the petition and not on the rejoinder. Whereas the advocate for Film and TV Producers Guild of India stated that there is nothing new in the rejoinder and everything is available in public domain and TRAI website.

The Producers Guild Association’s advocate explained the setting up of TRAI as a Telecom regulator and how broadcasting came under it. He then stated about 2017 Interconnect regulations and 2017 tariff order which were challenged in Madras High Court by a writ petition. Then 2017 regulations came into effect and the previous 15% discount on bouquets was struck down. Within the next 6 months, TRAI introduced a new tariff order and did not allow the industry to settle down.

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