MUMBAI: The Kerala High Court has passed an interim order on the placement and LCN clause in the case of The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s tariff order amendment. However, other provisions will be operational.
All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) members moved the Kerala High Court challenging certain provisions of TRAI’s amended tariff order and interconnection regulation earlier. While refusing to issue any interim order on any of the other provisions, the single judge asked AIDCF to file representation before TRAI pointing out objections to amendments. A proper consultative process from TRAI shall follow this step. Till then impugned provisions except the provisions with regards to freezing of placement of channels in perpetuity shall be permitted to be operated.
TRAI said in the amendment:
The channel number once assigned to a particular television channel shall not be altered by the distributor for a period of at least one year from the date of such assignment:
Provided that this sub-regulation shall not apply in case the channel becomes unavailable on the distribution network:
Provided further that if a broadcaster changes the genre of a channel then the channel number assigned to that particular television channel shall be changed to place such channel together with the channels of new genre in the electronic programme guide.