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New TRAI rules will hit us hard, say aggrieved cable operators

Mysuru, December 20:- Mysuru District Cable TV Operators’ Welfare Association staged a protest on Thursday, urging the central government to find a solution to the problems of customers and cable TV operators. They held a protest rally from the park in front of the Law Courts to the Deputy Commissioner’s office via Ramaswamy Circle to press home some of their demands.

“Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) new rules have hit cable business hard. The government has increased the price of TV channels. They are trying to help multinational companies make profits while ignoring small-time business operators like us. There is no discount for those who watch regional channels as well. The government should immediately take back this decision,” said the president of the association, Mohan Kumar Gowda.

Meanwhile, after rubbishing claims that cable TV price and plans will increase after December 29, TRAI has appealed to all broadcasters and networks not to cut off pay channels after December 29.

Rumours were floating due to the new TRAI rules, some pay channels can be off the air for some time.

TRAI chairman RS Sharma met with representatives of TV channels and broadcasters and informed them that there should be no blackout.

An executive who had attended this meeting said, “The chairman categorically told us to ensure a smooth transition and that there should not be a black-out of TV services in any situation. Broadcasters have been advised to work with the cable and DTH operators during the transition period.” (MR/KS)

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