Trai in its recommendations dated 25 July, 2008 had recommended
that Local Channel Operators (LCOs) shall be permitted to
transmit their ground based channels.
in the current DAS regime only digital addressable signals
can be carried out on the cable network which is generated
at the MSO head end.
Ministry in its reference has also requested Trai to state
whether there was a case for putting a cap on the total number
of ground based channels operated by a single MSO/cable operator.
has also been requested to examine whether there was a need
to prescribe separate eligibility criteria for cable operators
transmitting local news and current affairs channels at their
recommendations have been sought with regard to eligibility
criteria, terms and conditions including foreign investment
levels, net worth criteria and requirement of security clearance
etc. for such channels.