This is the fourth change in the Ministry after the NDA government took over in 2014. No doubt, the I&B Ministry has no notable achievements to count in Modi’s government. Smriti Irani has always been in controversies, the recent one being her decision to cancel the accreditation of journalists involved in fake news which was withdrawn immediately by the Prime Minister.
We finally have the Madras HC judgment on TRAI tariff Order pronounced on 23 May. The third judge announced his decision accepting all the Tariff proposals, except the capping of discounts to 15%. Earlier in March 2018, we had a split verdict from a two judge bench due to which the matter was referred to a third judge. Let’s hope the matter does not end end up in further litigations. We carry a detailed analysis of the Order in the next issue.
As the general elections are coming closer, government wants find ways and means to rein in the media. After failing to regulate fake news and online media, MIB has now planned to set up a social media communication hub to monitor online content across all districts in the country. This will include fake news, local and regional media etc. It is interesting to hear the PM tweeting about Freedom of Press on the World Press Day celebrated on 3rd May when his government is trying to throttle the media in every way before the 2019 elections.
The European Union has framed its General Data Protection Regulations and implemented them from 25 May considering the need to protect the consumer data held in the possession of social media giants like Facebook, Whatsapp and other online commercial companies. India too is planning to frame its own in view of large scale thefts of personal data on the internet.
With the onslaught of new technologies like blockchain, IOT, Smart Cities, AI etc, competition between DSL and Cable Operators is intensifying. Due to popularity of streaming videos, IP is gaining importance and DOCSIS 3.1 is being considered by the MSO to make their networks future ready. We bring you a number of articles on the subject including live video broadcasting to make Cable Operator prepare for the new challenges and meet the future demands.
We shall be present at the Asia’s largest industry event, The Broadcast Asia 2018 at the end of this month. Hope to see more and more of you to attend the event and learn how the rest of the world is operating its networks.