MIB Is Back To Earlier Norms On Uplink/Downlink Of TV Channels

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At a time when one arm of the government is said to be exploring review of usage norms for satellite frequencies for users of satellite services, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has cancelled an earlier order — which simplified clearances for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels on permitted teleports and satellites — and reverted to an older tradition of also getting an okay from Department of Space (DOS), which could make the process lengthy. In a recent official communiqué, MIB stated DOS observed that by not referring TV channels’ applications relating to uplink/downlink to it, certain “key aspects” provided by the applicant were “not getting examined” and which could “create interference issues and difficulties in coordination with Indian satellites” at a later stage. Pointing out that a policy decision taken earlier by it has been reviewed in the light of DOS observations, MIB added, “It has been decided to revert to the erstwhile practice of referring all applications, seeking uplinking permission/change of teleport and/or satellite in respect of TV channels, to DOS for its no-objection with reference to proposed satellite’s coordination with Indian satellites.”

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