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Fresh approval sought from EGoM for FM-III policy

The third phase of the private FM radio policy (FM-III) now requires the approval of a dedicated empowered group of ministers (EGoM) due to a large number of new issues cropping up with technical and financial implications for the radio sector. The EGoM will be constituted and will look into the amount that should be charged as migration fees from existing FM operators intending to migrate to FM-III, the changes required in the request-for-proposal (RFP) for FM-III vis-à-vis 3G and the BWA auctions, and whether TRAI’s suggestion on reducing inter-channel spacing between two adjacent FM stations in the FM-III policy should be implemented, among others.1


1“Fresh cabinet nod for FM Phase III auction in few weeks,” Indiantelevision, 16 August 2012,via Factiva; “Fate of much-delayed FM-III policy now rests with EGoM,” The Financial Express, 15 September 2012, via Factiva.

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