TRAI issues regulations to promote transparency, non-discrimination in broadcasting sector
As per TRAI, the primary objective is to formulate contours of a reporting system for service providers
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued regulations regarding Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Register of Interconnection Agreements and all such other matters.
The primary objective of the regulations is to formulate contours of a reporting system for the service providers so that they can report details of interconnection agreements, including commercial details to the authority.
It would enable the authority to maintain register of interconnect as per provisions of TRAI Act.
Presently, the Register of Interconnect Agreement (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Regulation, 2004, is in force.
TRAI had issued a consultation paper on 'The Register of Interconnection Agreements (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Regulations, 2016' on March 23 to simplify the process, avoid duplication of reports, and formulate its view on various issues such as accessibility of information of register.
Based on the comments received in the consultation process and analysis of the developments in the market pursuant to implementation of the new regulatory framework, a draft of the regulations was issued by TRAI on April 22.
The objective of this regulation is to promote transparency and non-discrimination in the broadcasting sector.
As per the new regulation, the Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) is required to be filed by every broadcaster and the distributor of television channels.
The authority has specified that the new regulations will come into force in 120 days, except as regards submission of information related to compliance officer.
The intervening period will enable the service provider to prepare for easy compliance, a statement by TRAI has said.
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