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MP HC directs MSOs against disconnecting signals to LCOs subject to payment

MUMBAI: Modifying its earlier order dated 4 July 2014, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed multi-system operators (MSOs) not to disconnect signal feeds to their affiliated local cable operators (LCOs) if they regularly pay the subscription fee.

The HC was hearing applications filed by Siti Cable and Hathway Cable & Datacom for vacation of interim order directing the MSOs not to switch off signals to LCOs affiliated to Malwa Cable Operators Sangh (MCOS) till further notice.

The sole contention of the two respondents was that the petitioners are not paying regular charges as per the terms fixed by sector regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

The MCOS, the petitioner in the case, rebutted the allegations by contending that they were paying subscription fee regularly. The petitioners also placed number of documents including receipts as proof before the court.

While disposing of the two applications, the court has put up the matter for final hearing.

The MCOS had alleged that the MSOs have arbitrarily hiked rates and are illegally disconnecting their cable TV signal feed.

The application is part of the petition filed by the MCOS challenging the digital addressable system (DAS) regulation.