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TRAI to hold open house on 4 July on commercial subscriber tariff

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will be holding an open house discussion (OHD) on tariff issues related to broadcasting and cable TV services for commercial subscribers.

The OHD will be held on 4 July at PHD Chambers of Commerce in New Delhi from 10 am.

Recently, TRAI had released a consultation paper on ‘Tariff Issues Related to Broadcasting and Cable TV Services for Commercial Subscribers’ inviting views and comments of the stakeholders.

The key issues for consultation are: definitions of ‘commercial subscriber’, ‘commercial establishment’, manners of offering of TV services to the commercial subscribers, and various tariff alternatives for commercial subscribers.

The matter of tariff for commercial subscribers has been under judicial scrutiny since 2005, before both the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) and the Supreme Court.

The regulator, meanwhile, based on the interim order of the Supreme Court dated 19 October 2006, had issued Tariff Amendment Orders, on 21 November 2006, applicable on commercial subscribers.

These orders too were contested before the judicial forums. In the latest order dated 16.04.2014, the Supreme Court directed that for a period of three months, the impugned tariff, which is in force as on today, shall continue.

Furthermore, within these three months, TRAI shall look into the matter de novo and shall re-determine the tariff after hearing the contentions of all the stakeholders.

Keeping in view the timelines mentioned in the court order, stakeholders were requested to offer their views and comments latest by 27 June.