The Mass Communications Ministry on Thursday announced plans to set up a super watchdog to regulate telecomm, cables and broadcasting industry.
The new legislation will create a competition centered, transparent and simple regulatory framework, which will be debated in parliament by early 2003, Mass Communication Minister, Imthiasz Bakeer Markar said in a statement.rn
rnBy covering the telecomm and the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector, the new super regulator is likely to replace the existing Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) and CINTEC.rn
rnThe existing Sri Lanka Broadcasting Act and the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Act, which were crafted for government monopoly provisions, will also be scrapped. rn
rnWith more and more private radio and television networks emerging, Bakeer Markar says the existing pieces of legislations are not sustainable.rn
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