"The consumers should have multiple options, DTH is very welcome,
as also others like broadband. You can't have one system only, otherwise
local monopolies will develop as they have developed now,"
Baijal was quoted by the Press Trust of India as telling reporters.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a TRAI open house discussion
on 'Accelerating growth of Internet and broadband', in Bangalore.
Interestingly, if one goes by the PTI report, Baijal has steered
away from any mention of more than one cable service provider competing
for customer preference in an area. What he seems to be saying is
that the consumer should have a choice of platforms that he can
access through which he can get his daily dose of television. If
that is the case, there is unlikely to be any opposition from the
cable fraternity on this matter.
The report quotes Baijal as saying the cable TV industry needs
to be lauded for the spurt in satellite TV channels in an unregulated
environment. However, there was a need for a regulator in the light
of the in creasing disputes among the industry players, he has been
quoted as saying.
"Implementing the regulations is a problem, but world over,
the telecom regulator regulates this (broadcast)," the report
quotes him as saying.