The Eastern Cable TV Operator's and Welfare Association invited
CAS implementation panel member Roop Sharma (of Cable Operators'
Federation of India) to address a gathering of 500 LMOs. Trade union
leader and Congress representative (MPCC member) Bhai Jagtap also
attended the meeting that was held at the Maharana Hotel in Chembur
(in suburban Mumbai) today afternoon.
Eastern Cable TV Operators and Welfare Association president Ravi
Kalastri says: "The assembled LMOs represented a fair mix of
cable operators that are being serviced by all the three major MSOs
in Mumbai (Hathway, Siticable and InCablenet). All the assembled
members complained that the MSOs hadn't made an attempt to brief
them about the current situation. We have a right to know everything
about the developments on the CAS front as we will be the ones who
will ensure its success!"
Roop Sharma spoke about the various issues such as
* Implementation of CAS from September onwards
* Commissions and incentives to be offered to LMOs
* Infrastructure and technology related issues
* The efforts being made by the cable operators representatives
to increase the monthly cable rates of Rs 72 for free to air channels
The assembled LMOs were of the view that the monthly charges of
the FTA channels should be increased to Rs 150 (minus taxes).
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