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NTO 2.0 hearing postponed, TRAI assures no action till next hearing

Bombay high court suspended all hearings due to heavy rains on Thursday.

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KOLKATA: The uncertainty regarding the implementation of NTO 2.0 prevails, as the broadcasters’ petition against The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) move to make them comply with the order by 10 August, went unheard for the second day on Friday due to paucity of time. The case has been listed before the original bench for Monday or Tuesday.

Earlier, the Bombay high court, suspended all the hearings due to heavy rains on Thursday when the matter was listed for hearing.

According to the sources close to the development, the bench has not passed any order at Friday’s hearing but has listed it before the original bench comprising of Justice AA Sayed and Justice Anuja Prabhudesai. However, TRAI has reassured no action will be taken till the matter comes up before the original bench. 

While the legal battle is ongoing for a long-time, TRAI citing a regulatory vacuum released a fresh directive on 24 July irking the broadcasters who have already been battling with the impact of the pandemic. It asked broadcasters must publish details including maximum retail price per month of channels and maximum retail price per month of bouquets of channels, the composition of bouquets and also amended reference interconnected offer (RIO) and other on their website.

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