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IBF moves TDSAT against hotel association’s circular in commercial subs case

MUMBAI: The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) has filed an application in the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against the Federation of Hotels & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) for asking its members not to take signals directly from broadcasters.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had issued letters to the FHRAI asking it to advise its members not to take signals directly from broadcasters and do so only from distribution platforms.

Accordingly, the FHRAI issued circulars to its members asking them to refrain from taking signals directly from broadcasters.

Consequently, the IBF filed an application in the TDSAT contending that the FHRAI’s action is in contempt of TDSAT judgment that had set aside TRAI’s tariff order for commercial subscribers.

The TRAI tariff order treated commercial subscribers on a par with ordinary subscribers and prevented broadcasters from providing signals directly to commercial subscribers.

The tribunal has asked TRAI to file a short reply to the application. The matter has been put up under the same heading on 29 May.

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