The Bill seeks to replace the existing telecom laws in India
namely the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Indian Wireless
Telegraphy Act, 1933, the Telegraph Wires (unlawful possession)
Act, 1950, and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act
("TRAI") of 1997 and bring modification
to laws pertaining to Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and
Information Technology Act, 2000. Further, under the Bill a
singular commission called the Communication Commission of India
will be formed in place of TRAI and Telecom Disputes Settlement and
Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) which will overlook all communication
infrastructures. It will consist of seven members. Each member
would be a domain expert on areas such as telecom, broadcasting,
information technology, law and consumer affairs and finance. Its
mandate would be to stimulate market competition in order to ensure
better quality services for the consumer and prevent monopolies and
take up certain powers of the Censor Board, Ministry Of Environment
and Competition Commission of India. This will directly try to
regulate the content as well as the carriers who distribute that
PSA view – The Bill is expected to get an
approval of the Cabinet by the end of September 2015. The
implementation of the bill will be viewed as a good change. It will
not only help in consolidating the various telecom laws and
regulations but will also provide a single regulatory body dealing
with all issues related to non-discriminatory access, net
neutrality and take into account the changing trends of the
communication sector globally like information management,
authentication and even financial management.
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