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Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022: Provisions on Telecommunication Development Fund and Regulatory Sandbox

The draft Indian Telecommunication Bill 2022 overhauls the existing USOF, replacing it with a Telecom Development Fund with revised objectives

The Indian government’s Ministry of Communications has released the draft of the Indian Telecommunication Bill, 2022, to revamp the legal framework for governing the telecom sector and make it “future-ready”. The ministry will be accepting comments on the bill till October 20, 2022. One can send their comments to the following email address— naveen.kumar71@gov.in. There were signs that the government was working on a new framework after it released a consultation paper in July 2022. You can read Medianama’s summary of the paper here. Why it matters: The bill addresses some of the issues, flagged by the telecom industry in the past, by modernising the regulatory framework. The fund is significant as it can address the problem of ensuring delivery of universal telecom access to rural and urban areas which are not covered by the network. It is also likely…

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