Telecom Bill: Innovation-unfriendly provisions must be revised

Exemptions in the draft Bill are too broad and need to be more narrowly defined

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Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai
The India Telecommunications Bill of 2022, a draft of which was released by the Department of Telecommunications on Wednesday, is an ambitious attempt to consolidate three outdated and much-amended laws — the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885, the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1933, and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act of 1950. As should be clear, an attempt to rationalise the legal underpinnings of this most 21st-century of industries is long overdue. The government deserves full credit for taking on a task that had been postponed for too long to the detriment of the investor climate in this infrastructure-heavy sector.

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First Published: Sep 22 2022 | 10:39 PM IST

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