Petition on the TRAI DAS to be heard today

In a short while the Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) will get news about the petition by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) challenging their DAS tariff order issued in July early this year by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) relating commercial subscribers today.

While the matter was supposed to be heard at an earlier meeting which was scheduled on 5th December, due to certain events the bench had to push this one for today.

In the previous hearing in October, Counsel Abhishek Malhotra, who represents the IBF, requested for time to file a rejoinder to the reply filed by TRAI following a notice in this regard in September.

The TRAI had also send commercial establishments in the tariff order, who do not specifically charge its clients on account of showing television programmes and offer such services as part of amenities. They are to be treated like ordinary subscribers wherein their charges would be on per television basis.

There are cases where commercial subscriber who specially charge clients on account of showing television programmes. The tariff would be as mutually agreed between the broadcaster and the commercial subscriber.

The Supreme Court has issued directions to the tariff order amendment. With this decision there might be some changes in the regulatory framework. Lastly, the distribution of TV services to the commercial subscribers would be streamlined and the services would be available to them at competitive rates.


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