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SC adjourns commercial subscribers tariff case to 20 July

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing in the commercial subscribers tariff order case to 20 July, following a request by the petitioner Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI).

The FHRAI had circulated a letter seeking adjournment of the case, following which the matter was listed for 20 July.

The federation has filed an appeal against the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal’s order setting aside the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) tariff order for commercial subscribers. TRAI has also filed a civil appeal against the TDSAT order.

In its 9 March order, the tribunal had set aside the amendments made by the TRAI to the tariff order for commercial subscribers.

The tribunal had set aside the amendments to the tariff order that prohibited broadcasters from providing their channels directly to a subscriber and treated commercial subscribers on a par with ordinary subscribers.

The court had also observed that the reasons put forward by TRAI for putting the entire body of commercial subscribers on a par with ordinary subscriber are completely unacceptable.

Meanwhile, TRAI has come out with an interim arrangement for commercial subscribers.

As per the arrangement the ‘Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Second) Tariff Order 2004’ (6 of 2004) dated 01.10.2004, the ‘Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Third) (CAS Areas) Tariff Order 2006’ (6 of 2006) dated 31.08.2006, and the ‘Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Fourth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order 2010’ (1 of 2010) dated 21.07.2010 will apply till the authority comes out with a new tariff order, subject to the outcome of the appeal filed in the SC.

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