TRAI landing page matter adjourned to 12 Feb by TDSAT

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has adjourned the landing page matter to 12 February. The matter was adjourned as the tribunal couldn’t take it up due to a part-heard matter.

The interim order restraining Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) from going ahead with its direction 8 November direction continues. Earlier, the matter adjourned to 29 January.

In the earlier hearing, the tribunal had also noted that as per last order the interim order has to be considered further in the light of reply filed by the TRAI. The authority also made it clear that the reply filed in Appeal No. 3 of 2017 may be treated as a reply to all the other Appeals.

In its reply, the TRAI had told the TDSAT that striking down the landing page direction will set a wrong precedent.

It had also urged the tribunal to make the direction effective immediately to prevent distortion in the sector and to maintain equilibrium and level playing field among service providers.

The authority had issued a direction on 8 November directing all distribution platform operators (DPOs) and TV broadcasters not to put their channels on the landing page as it is against the regulation, which states that a channel can only be placed in one genre.

The direction was challenged Bennet Coleman and Company Ltd (BCCL), All India Digital Cable Federation, DEN Networks, Fastway Transmission and Satellite Channels following which the tribunal restrained the regulator from enforcing it.

The petitioners have challenged the TRAI direction on two grounds. The first ground was that the TRAI didn’t have the jurisdiction to issue a direction while the second ground was that the authority didn’t follow the principle of transparency while issuing the direction.

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