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TRAI extends deadline for comments on regulatory framework for platform services

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadline for comments on its consultation paper on regulatory framework for platform services (PS) to 29 July.

The TRAI had issued a consultation paper on 23 June that sought to bring local cable channels and value-added services (VAS) offered by direct-to-home (DTH) operators under the regulatory ambit.

The sector regulator had earlier asked stakeholders to respond by 14 July, but it has now said that the stakeholders can respond by 29 July with counter-comments by 5 August.

The key issues discussed in the consultation paper are the definition of PS, types of programmes that can be carried on PS channels, eligibility criteria for registration of PS, security clearance of PS channels, registration of PS channels, penal provisions for non-adherence to terms and conditions of registration, and other obligations to be imposed.

The consultation paper also deliberates on what amendments and additional terms and conditions are required in the existing registration/guidelines/permission/licence agreements with regard to the distribution platform operator (DPO) for regulating the PS channels.

The authority has asked stakeholders, in case guidelines/rules for PS are laid down, how much time the existing DPOs should be given to comply with the prescribed rules.

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