New Telecom Act: In case of emergency, complete control of the telecom service will rest with the government

New Telecom Act: The new Telecommunication Act 2023 is coming into force from June 26, i.e. today. According to the Gazette notification, the central government has fixed the date of June 26, 2024, on which the provisions of many sections 1 2 10 to 30 42 to 44 46 47 50 to 58 61, and 62 of this new act will come into force. With the new act, the government will get new power.

Jun 26, 2024 - 15:56
New Telecom Act: In case of emergency, complete control of the telecom service will rest with the government

The new law, the Telecommunication Act 2023, is coming into force from June 26, 2024, i.e., today. The new law shall repeal the existing legislative framework like the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885 and the Indian Wireless Telegraph Act of 1933, in view of the attainment of technical advancement in the telecom sector and technology.

According to the Gazette notification, some provisions, including sections 1, 2, 10, and 30 of the new Telecom Act, would come into effect from June 26.

It has fixed June 26, 2024, as the date on which the provisions of many Sections 1, 2, 10-30, 42-44, 46, 47, 50-58, 61, and 62 of this new Act shall come into force.

What significant changes will be seen with the implementation of the new Telecom Act? In fact, with the new law, the right to take complete control of telecommunication services and networks in its hands in any emergency situation will remain with the government itself.

According to the Gazette notification, this shall be done by the government based on security, public order, or prevention of crimes.

Gazette Notification It was commented in the Gazette notification that the instrument of telecommunications is a mighty tool for the empowerment of the public. However, its equipment can also be diverted to harm the very users.

In this Act, measures have been proposed for the protection of citizens against unwanted commercial communications; in addition, a great system has been made for the redressal of complaints. According to Section 3 of the Telecommunication Act 2023, any operator desiring to establish and operate telecommunication networks or provide services related to such networks shall be under the government's authorization.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Content Writer