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Draft Telecom Bill awaited

“The government is working on a new telecom bill, a draft of which will be available in the next five to six days,” Ashwini Vaishnaw. Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology had said a week back. “I request everyone to evaluate the bill and come up with suggestions, each of which will be carefully considered.”

The department of telecommunications is working on a new legislative framework that will keep evolving to keep pace with modern technologies. It is also looking at special provisions for national security, external relations and war.

The bill also talks about the use of over-the-top (OTT) applications and what could be the regulating mechanism. There is a lot of controversy over this at the moment. While MHA and DoT are in favour of regulating OTTs, and apps, MeitY is against any kind of regulation. TRAI, is relooking at the issue and recommendations are awaited. The regulator had in 2020 not favored regulation for OTT players.

CT Bureau

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