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CAS without Convergence

WEEKLYECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CAS without Convergence The government has ordained that from July 14 all metro cable homes will receive their television signals over an addressable system, popularly known as conditional access. The conditional access system (CAS), claims the government, will lower the cost of television viewing by separating the delivery of free-to-air channels from that of pay-channels and enabling consumers, with the help of a set-top box (STB), to pay for only the channels that they want to watch. Cable operators are obliged to deliver 30 freeto- air channels for Rs 72 per month plus taxes, without insisting on an STB at the consumer

Community Radio

There are lessons to be learnt from the experiments in developing community run/owned radio in south Asia and outside. The Philippines has taken community radio to new heights and even tiny Nepal has opened up its community broadcasting, and in Sri Lanka community radio stations are owned by the state.

Waiting To Be Heard

The Indian media experience represents a gallery of stark contradictions. Even as the government is making efforts to bridge the digital divide and take information technology to the masses, the colonial Indian Telegraph Act of 1885 continues to hold sway over the airwaves. While an apex court judgment of 1995 has endorsed that airwaves are public property, in practice, lines between public, private and community remain conveniently blurred. While private radio has made an entry into the Indian broadcast arena, community radio is yet to gain legitimacy from the law of the land.

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