Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: Coimbatore Cable TV Operators Co-ordination Committee has urged the State Government to initiate stringent action against cable operators resorting to intimidation and violence for taking over the cable control rooms.

The committee that met recently has sought recognition and issue of identity cards to the cable operators who entered the industry on or before August 30, 2007 so as to prevent new entrants from unleashing intimidation practices. Only through such measures, the existing cable operators could be protected and safety for their lives and property could be ensured.

The committee also welcomed the decision of State Government to form the Arasu Cable Corporation. The committee resolved to take steps for getting the signal feed of various regional languages free of cost as it was aired in Chennai, since the service providers were charging even for free-to-air channels in the rest of the State. To protect the cable operators from becoming extinct despite the presence of Direct to Home (DTH) platform, the committee suggested fixation of DTH charges at Rs. 125 plus taxes.

To ensure continued patronage for Cable TV operators, the committee sought provision of broadband service to all areas. The committee also sought delegation of powers to the District Collectors and Superintendent of Police for regulating the functioning of cable TVs. At present, the postal authorities designated with licensing powers have no punitive powers to initiate action. Whereas, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India that governed the cable TV industry had provisions for entrusting officials with powers for regulating cable TV functioning.