The Union Cabinet today approved the decisions of Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM)™s meeting held on 6.3.2013 regarding amendments in the Policy Guidelines for expansion of FM Radio broadcasting services through private agencies (Phase-III), which are as follows :-
- The proposed specific departures from the Requests for Proposals (RFP) followed in DoT for auction of 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) Spectrum circulated as annexure to the agenda note were approved with some amendments.
- It was decided to charge migration fee from the existing operators on their migration from Phase-ll to Phase-Ill and the amount of migration fee would be decided after consultation with TRAI.
- EGoM approved the conduct the auction of 839 channels in 294 cities to be awarded through ascending e-auction as was approved by the Cabinet in its meeting held on 7.7.2011. The additional channels that may become available due to reduced channels spacing to 400 KHz. could be considered subsequently after feasibility studies are completed.
- EGoM also decided that the authority to make any other minor changes in RFP would be delegated to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.