New Bill to Regulate Television, Internet, Mobile Services Soon

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New Bill to Regulate Television, Internet, Mobile Services Soon


New Delhi, Sept. 8 -- A super-regulator for telecom, television and internet could soon become a reality with the NDA government deciding to revive the Communications Convergence Bill that was dumped by the previous UPA government.

The telecom ministry, headed by Ravi Shankar Prasad, has firmed up a proposal for setting up the cross sector regulator - the Communications Commission - having overriding powers to oversee entire communication framework, including those under the information and broadcasting ministry.

The last NDA government, headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee, had introduced the Communication Convergence Bill in Lok Sabha in 2001.

The government then took almost two years to convince I&B ministry about importance of the proposed law and by that time its term got over and the bill lapsed. The UPA government in its ten years did not pursue the bill.

Government sources said Prasad is keen to push the bill after getting Parliamentary nod for National Judicial Appointments Commission. In an interview to DD news, Prasad confirmed that the bill was being considered.

However, the officials said that the broad contours of the Bill have been firmed with the Commission having seven members including the chairperson and an appellate authority. …

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