Madras HC refuses to stay TRAI’s new broadcast regulatory framework

MUMBAI: The Madras High Court has refused to stay the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) new regulatory framework for the broadcasting sector. The HC was hearing a plea filed by Chennai Metro Cable TV Operators Association seeking a stay on the framework.

Justice S Vaidyanathan issued a notice to TRAI and posted the matter for further hearing on 3rd January.

During the hearing, the TRAI counsel submitted that the matter has attained finality as the Supreme Court has upheld the tariff order and the regulation. He also added that the TRAI has also extended the deadline for the implementing the new framework to 31st January.

The petitioner association contended that the proposed system was not consumer friendly. It also stated that the new arrangement under which each local cable operator (LCO) will have to ask the consumer to choose the channel and collect the required fees was “unworkable”. It also stated that the new framework threatens the livelihood of the LCOs and will result in chaos.

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