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TRAI issues consultation paper on "Tariff Issues Related to Commercial Subscribers"

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New Delhi, July 15, 2015

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today released a consultation paper on “Tariff issues related to Commercial Subscribers” to, among other things, examine afresh the need to classify subscribers of television services into ordinary and commercial categories.
An official press release said that, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order dated 16 April 2014, TRAI, after following the due consultation process, had notified the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Second) Tariff (Twelfth Amendment) Order and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Fourth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff (Fourth Amendment) Order on 16 July 2014. 
These two tariff amendment orders prescribing the tariff framework for commercial subscribers were challenged before the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
TDSAT vide its order dated 9 March 2015 had set aside these Tariff Amendment Orders. TRAI was asked to examine the issue afresh and come out with a new tariff dispensation for commercial subscribers within six months from the date of its order.
Accordingly, TRAI has commenced a consultation process in this regard. In case subscribers are required to be classified into such categories, then it will examine various criteria for classification of subscribers of TV services; the need for differential tariffs amongst     different subscriber categories; who should prescribe the tariffs for   different subscriber categories; adequacy of the present framework to ensure transparency and accountability across the value chain for commercial subscribers to ensure transparency and accountability in the entire value chain to effectively minimize disputes and conflicts among stakeholders.
TRAI has invited written comments from stakeholders on the issues raised in the paper by July 31, 2015 and counter-comments on the comments by August 7, 2015. 
The release said comments and counter-comments may be sent, preferably in electronic form, to Mr. Wasi Ahmad, Advisor (B&CS), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Mahanagar Doorsanchar Bhawan, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110002 (Telephone No: 011-23237922, FAX No: 011-23220442) on the e-mail address: advbcs@trai.gov.in or umesh@trai.gov.in. 
Comments and counter-comments will also be uploaded on TRAI’s website, it added.
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