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Central government to partially implement new Telecommunications Act from June 26: Know all about it

The Telecommunications Act 2023 replaces the old regulatory framework for the telecommunication sector, which was previously governed by the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885, the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1933, and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act of 1950.

Edited By: Anurag Roushan @Candid_Tilaiyan New Delhi Updated on: June 21, 2024 23:30 IST
Central government to partially implement new Telecommunications Act from June 26
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A government notification on Friday stated that rules under certain sections of the Telecommunications Act 2023 will become effective from June 26. The Telecommunications Act 2023 supersedes the existing and archaic regulatory framework for the telecommunication sector, based on the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Wireless Telegraphy Act (1933), and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act (1950).

"The Telecommunications Act, 2023 (44 of 2023), the Central Government hereby appoints the 26th Day of June 2024, as the date on which the provisions of sections 1, 2, 10 to 30, 42 to 44, 46, 47, 50 to 58, 61 and 62 of the said Act shall come into force," the notification said.

Government gains Telecommunication control for security

The rule that will be effective from June 26 will allow the government to take over the control and management of any or all of any telecommunication services or network, in the interest of national security, friendly relations with foreign states, or in the event of war. With these new rules in place, the universal service obligation fund will become Digital Bharat Nidhi, which can be used for funding research and development, and pilot projects instead of just supporting the establishment of telecom services in rural areas.

The new rules add a mandate of protecting users from spam and malicious communications. The implementation of these sections paves the way for the enforcement of non-discriminatory and non-exclusive grants of right of way for telecom network roll-out and provides power to the central government to establish common ducts and cable corridors.

Centre issues draft guidelines to curb unsolicited business calls, messages

On Thursday, the central government also issued draft guidelines aimed at curbing unsolicited business messages and calls. These guidelines seek to protect consumers from unwanted commercial communications. The government is inviting public comments on the proposed measures, with the deadline for submissions set for July 21. These guidelines, prepared after consultations with stakeholders including telecom firms and regulators, are designed to protect consumers from unwanted commercial communications. For the first time, penalties are being considered for privacy violations and consumer rights infringements.

(With inputs from agencies)

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