Cable Operators In Andhra, Telangana Flex Muscles, Threaten Blackout

With the D-day for implementation of TRAI’s new tariff order fast approaching, members of several associations representing Local Cable Operators (LCOs) and Multi-Services Operators (MSOs) have reiterated their threat to blackout cable TV channels from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 29-December, when the new tariff order comes into force.

LCOs and MSOs from across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh staged a protest demonstration at Dharna Chowk outside Indira Park on Thursday. As part of the nation-wide protests, TRS MLA Talasani Srinivas Goud and Congress MLA D Sudheer Reddy also extended their support for the protests in the city by over 500 association members.

They demanded change in tariff orders, reduction of GST rate from 18 to 5 percent and that local channel should not charge over Rs 5 as MRP. TRS MLA Srinivas Goud told the protestors to continue the strike till their demands are met with and that operators from both AP and TS should participate in protests at Delhi.― New Indian Express

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