The law of the British era will end, from internet media to OTT, the government will keep an eye
New Delhi:The Department of Telecom has released the draft Telecom Bill 2022. The government is going to bring a law by repealing the Indian Telegraph Act 1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraph Act 1933 and the Telegraph Virus Act 1950. Under the new law, along with apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, all OTTs will have to take a license to offer their services. All such services will be brought under the purview of telecom service. Right now people are doing everything from voice calling to chatting through WhatsApp, due to which telecom companies are incurring losses. OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are also using telecom infrastructure extensively. Licensing Act is being brought to give equal opportunity to telecom companies. There will also be an item to return the license. More flexibility will be brought in spectrum allocation so that anyone can use it. All the stakeholders will be able to give their opinion on the draft till October 20.
Highlights of the new law
– No spam or advertising messages will be sent to consumers without permission.
Fines will be imposed for the use of devices like jammers without government permission.
The government will have the right to suspend all communication services for a limited period in order to protect the national interest or the sovereignty of the country.
The government will be able to see and receive any message or text in the public interest. The right to take such action will be with the state government and government departments along with the center.
Consumers should also fulfill their duty
The duty of consumers has also been mentioned in the draft. Consumers have been asked to use the Internet in an appropriate manner and not to spread misinformation or cause harm to others.
This draft is an attempt to create a dialogue framework between the government and the industry so that the government can understand the concerns of the industry and the industry can also understand the demands of the government. This is important for the safety of users. Our social media life needs to be brought into a new framework.
– Ashwini Vaishnav,