MIB: Provisional MSO licenses should be treated as Regular Registration.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB)-India has declared that Provisional MSO licenses should be treated as Regular Registration for 10 years unless cancelled or suspended.

With this step MIB has removed ambiguity between provisional and permanent or regular registrations. Provisional Registration also valid for a period of 10 years and require security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

MIB said, “It has been decided by the competent authority that all valid provisional MSO registrations, unless cancelled/suspended subsequently, may be treated as deemed regular registrations for a period of 10 years from the date of issuance of respective provisional registration”

MIB added that registration could be cancelled if any MSO is found detrimental to the security of the country. All other terms and conditions stated in the provisional registration letters will continue to apply.  However, the MSOs have to submit, within six months from date of issuance of MSO registration, the details of the headend, SMS, subscriber list and…. a self-certificate that they are carrying all the mandatory TV channels, failing which the MSO registration will be liable for cancellation/suspension.

Till end of February, the MIB had issued 952 provisional and 230 permanent registrations. The registrations of 41 MSOs have either been cancelled or the registration has been closed.

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