The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) not to put additional regulations or take any corrective measures for the sake of enhancing the level of competition in the Cable TV distribution sector.
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TRAI added, “However developments may be monitored and interventions, as felt necessary, shall be considered at an appropriate time.”
TRAI recommended that the government may take suitable measures to facilitate and promote sharing of cable infrastructure by local cable operators with telecom service providers to enable the last mile for the provision of broadband services.
“The Government may issue necessary amendments to existing rules/ guidelines, to enable the use of last mile infrastructure created by cable operators by TSPs for promoting broadband connections,” it wrote.
Trai further said that the government may amend the rules under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation), Act 1995 to explicitly indicate the following:
“Cable operators may strive to provide last mile access to Access service providers/Internet Service Providers in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner for the proliferation of broadband services.”