LCOs are strongly objecting to the new mandate that caps network capacity fee (NCF) at `160 and a 60% discount on second and third TV sets in the same household.
Arvind Prabhoo, president of the Maharashtra Cable Operators Foundation (MCOF) said. “We are going to challenge some of the regulations, mainly with respect to NCF.”
On 12 Jan, MCOF called a meeting of the LCOs from across the country in Mumbai, which was attended by heads of over 40 state and city cable operators’ associations from Delhi, Bengaluru, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka as well Maharashtra.
Prabhoo said they had a “very fruitful discussion” with various associations and that he will be first writing to the telecom regulator seeking a rollback of the amendments.
He said: “We have decided that we will first appeal to TRAI that certain clauses of the amendments are against cable operators and they will make it difficult for us to survive. Also, since NTO is just about stabilising, why do they want to disrupt it again.”