The Tamil Nadu government submitted to the Madras high court that it had deferred by three months the activity of a cable television network for Chennai as Multi System Operator (MSO) for which it has sought permission from the Centre.
When the matter came up for hearing on Monday before the first bench comprising Chief Justice A. P. Shah and Justice F. M. Ibrahim Kalifulla, government pleader M. Raja Kalifulla informed the court, “as far as Chennai is concerned we have decided to defer the matter for three months. Already, the government has approached the Centre seeking permission to operate as an MSO and is awaiting a reply”.
Regarding the operation in muffosil areas, the government has decided not to go in for leasing but operate as a head end operator, he informed.
On August 11, 2007, the Tamil Nadu cabinet decided to launch an MSO and accordingly floated the Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd registered under the Companies Act. A government order was issued launching the corporation on August 13 last year.
According to the Central legislation, the MSO applies only to metropolitan cities like Chennai and in other areas it is referred to as cable operator. MSOs distribute broadcasters’ signals to local operators in metropolitan cities. And in other areas they are also referred to as cable operator.
An advocate, R. Suresh Kumar, had moved the court challenging the November 2007 tender notification of Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd inviting lease of the MSO for Chennai and outside.