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Trai caps cable tariff at Rs 250 for all channels
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Quote:Consumers will have to pay up to Rs 250 plus taxes a month to watch a complete bouquet of channels on cable television, though operators have the option to charge lesser, says a proposal that is expected to get the government’s blessings as early as next week.

The proposal to cap cable tariffs was part of a broad consensus that emerged at a meeting between industry representatives and telecom regulator Trai on Wednesday, said people who attended the meeting. A plan to digitise all cable operations in three years was also debated, they said.

Trai, which also regulates the broadcast sector, will issue a tariff order early next week, the persons said. Barring certain areas in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata where conditional access system (CAS) or digital cable signals are available, all other cable operators will have to follow the new tariff order.

“There is no final conclusion and we will come out with a tariff order in some time,” said Trai chairman JS Sarma, adding that various suggestions were discussed in the meeting,

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