TRAI’s proposed comprehensive legal framework opposed

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A number of media bodies have together opposed a suggestion put forth by TRAI with regard to forming a comprehensive legal framework for telecom and broadcasting services.

TRAI floated a consultation paper in January asking for feedback from stakeholders regarding a joint framework for telecom and broadcasting servicesThe Indian Broadcasting and Digital Foundation (IBDF), Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA), Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI), and All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) have all said that there was no need for a separate comprehensive code to address the convergence between broadcasting and telecommunication services.According to the report, while IBDF has said that both telecom and broadcasting need separate laws, AIDCF opines that it was too early to establish a comprehensive policy. DNPA too, as per the report, has stated that the consultation paper was based on “flawed understandings”.

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