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TRAI reminds broadcasters and DPOs of the deadline for implementation of NTO 2.0

The authority issues reminder even as the matter is subjudice in various courts

Highlighting that many broadcasters and DPOs have neither reported nor published the requisite information in accordance with the Tariff Amendment Order 2020, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has asked all the stakeholders to ensure the smooth transition beginning March 1, 2020.

The Tariff (Second Amendment) Order, 2020, commonly referred to as NTO 2.0 has been notified to come into force on March 1, 2020.

As per the Regulator, issues such as discount structure on bouquet pricing, ceiling price of a channel for inclusion in a bouquet, number of channels in initial network carriage fees of Rs. 130, formation of bouquets by broadcasters/ distributors etc. have been considered and notified in NTO 2.0.

The Order, however, has been challenged in different courts across the country and is yet to be heard.

Even as the matter is subjudice in various courts, TRAI in its fresh directions said, “The provisions of the Tariff Amendment Order 2020 are to come into force from March 1, 2020, and several preparatory activities are to be carried out by service providers in a time-bound manner. This is to ensure that sufficient time is actually available to the consumers to exercise their choice of channels and bouquets before 1st March 2020. Therefore, all service providers concerned may take suitable steps to ensure that the consumers have enough time to make their choices of channels, so that the smooth transition takes place on March 1, 2020.”

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