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Telecommunications Bill, 2023 introduced in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi: The Telecommunications Bill, 2023 was today introduced in Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend and consolidate the law relating to the development, expansion and operation of telecommunication services and telecommunication networks. It also deals with the assignment of spectrum and the Bill enables the technologically neutral use of spectrum and optimal utilisation of spectrum. The Bill provides for the establishment of a monitoring and enforcement mechanism to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of spectrum utilisation and enable interference-free use of the assigned spectrum. The Bill provides a framework for standards and conformity assessment of telecommunication equipment, telecommunication identifiers, telecommunication networks and telecommunication services. It also has provisions for national security, public emergency, public safety and protection of users.

Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw introduced the Bill in the House. BSP MP Ritesh Pandey opposed the introduction of the Bill saying it is against the Right of Privacy. He demanded to send the Bill to the Parliament Committee for further scrutiny.

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