February 2020

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Q: Can a sitting MLA do MSOs business in India? Need clarification. Are there any restrictions & rules by TRAI to start or run a MSO?


ANS: The DAS MSO License terms are set by the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry, and not TRAI. The I&B ministry has clearly specified the eligibility criteria for any person or company to get a DAS MSO license. these are part of the DAS MSO application form ( Form.pdf ). The eligibility criteria are: As per Rule 11B of the Cable Television Network Rules 1994, as amended, the eligibility criteria for registration as MSO is as below:

(a) Where the applicant is a person, he shall be a citizen of India and not less than eighteen years of age;

(b) Where the applicant is an association of individuals or body of individuals, whether incorporated or not, the members of such an association or body shall be citizens of India and not less than eighteen years of age;

(c) Where the applicant is a company, such company shall be a company registered under the Companies Act, 1956 and shall be subject to such conditions relating to foreign direct investment as may be decided by the Central Government;

(d) The applicant shall not be an un-discharged insolvent;

(e) The applicant shall not be a person of unsound mind as declared by a competent court;

(f) The applicant shall not be convicted of any criminal offence.

From the above, it is clear that a sitting MLA can own and operate a DAS MSO. n

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