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Public Consultation Paper on Television Receive Only (TVRO) Policy for Brunei Darussalam

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Public Consultation Paper on Television Receive Only (TVRO) Policy for Brunei Darussalam
01/05/2012
 
As a continuation to the public dialogues on Television Receive Only (TVRO), or commonly known as “parabola”, on 10 April 2012 in Brunei Muara District and 16 April 2012 in Belait District, the Ministry of Communications hereby further invites further comments and views from the industry and the members of the public on the proposed TVRO Policy for Brunei Darussalam.
 
The main issues with regards to TVRO systems are that it is receiving international channels which could not be controlled and outside of the Ministry’s jurisdiction. Simultaneously, the contents received from TVRO do not contribute to the development of the local content industry. From conducted studies, only Brunei Darussalam is practicing open sky policy. Other countries are restricting the transmission and receiving of television channels. This is to ensure that contents are not against national interest and does not have any negative impact to the country. In this regard, the Ministry of Communications intends to introduce a policy for the use of TVRO in Brunei Darussalam.
 
The main purpose of the policy is to make the broadcasting industry more organised, competitive, dynamic, vibrant, distinguishable with its own identity and caters to public tastes. This new policy recommendation also intends to encourage the growth of local broadcasting industry and increase its contribution to the country’s economic growth.
 
The public consultation paper can be downloaded through the Ministry of Communications’ website (www.mincom.gov.bn) and Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) website (www.aiti.gov.bn).
 
Any views expressed in this consultation are preliminary views of the Ministry of Communications only for consultation and do not represent the final position or decision of the Ministry of Communications on the issues.
 
Thus, the Ministry of Communications seeks cooperation from the industry and members of the public on comments and suggestions for the above public consultation paper.
 
The deadline for comments on the consultation paper is on 02 June 2012 before 4 pm and should be submitted (both in hard and soft copies) through:
 
Mail:
Multimedia Unit
Ministry of Communications
Jalan Menteri Besar
Bandar Seri Begawan BB3910
Negara Brunei Darussalam
 
Email:
(hairul.karim@aiti.gov.bn) atau (aliimran.osman@mincom.gov.bn)