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Gujarat HC to hear LCOs petition against TRAI, govt, MSOs next week

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MUMBAI: The Gujarat Cable Operators Association (GCOA) has all the reasons to rejoice. The Gujarat High Court on 30 January had given a final notice to the Union Government, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Multi System Operators (MSOs) in the state to respond to the petition filed by the GCOA, but all the three respondents did not file their responses in the court with the deadline ending today.

“Today was the last day for the government, the TRAI and the MSOs to respond to the court’s notice, but none of them responded,” informs Gujarat Cable Operators Association president Pramod Pandya.

Pandya the court will being hearings in the case next week.

GCOA had filed a petition in the high court in September, challenging the legality of the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Tariff and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection Regulations. The court had asked the three respondents to file reasons for formulating the tariff and interconnection regulations.

“We have been fighting for our fundamental rights. It is a one-sided regulation. Why is everything being taken away from me and being given to the MSO? We are not against DAS. It is a fight for our right and our ownership of the consumers. We now wait for the case to go up for hearing the next week,” concludes Pandya. 

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