Trai publishes a consultation document on modified transmission tariffs

One month before the deadline for the implementation of the modified tariff order for the television industry, popularly known as NTO 2.0, the industry regulator has gathered stakeholder views on issues related to the regulatory framework.

In a new consultation document published on Saturday, the Telecommunications regulatory authority of India (train), which is also the regulatory authority of the radio and television sector, asked for opinions on issues such as the maximum price of à la carte channels for inclusion in the bouquet, the discounts granted in the formation of the bouquet and the discount offered by broadcasters to operators of the distribution platform (DPO).

Trai asked stakeholders to submit their comments by May 30 and to respond by June 6.

The regulator said in a statement that soon after the announcement of new tariffs, it received representatives from DPOs, local cable operator associations (LCOs) and consumer organizations.

“The DPOs highlighted difficulties that they could encounter in implementing new tariffs in the system and in migrating consumers to the new tariff regime through the conscious exercise of options that affect almost all bouquets, especially due to the upward revision of the Rates of pay channels and bouquets declared by broadcasters. Therefore, Trai engaged with all the different associations and consumer groups, including LCO representatives, “said Trai.

Trai had set up a commission to deliberate on issues relating to the implementation of the tariff ordinance and to suggest an amicable way forward. It included members of the Indian Broadcasting and Digital Foundation, All the Federation of Digital Cables of India and DTH Association.

“The purpose of the committee was to facilitate discussions between various stakeholders to come out on an agreed common path for successful implementation of the NTO. The committee listed several issues to consider,” Trai said. “Interested parties, however, asked Trai to immediately address the critical issues that could create impediments to the correct implementation of the tariff ordinance. To address these, the authority publishes this consultation document to gather comments from interested parties.” .