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Telecom Commission’s decision to allow in-flight connectivity (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III)

Telecom Commission has given approval for offering in-flight connectivity within Indian airspace. The decision would enable flyers to avail data and voice services during flights over Indian airspace and the government will now work towards creating the license framework for a special category of service providers called ‘In-flight connectivity provider.

Telecom Commission
The Telecom Commission was set up by the Government of India in 1989 with administrative and financial powers of the Government of India to deal with various aspects of Telecommunications.

The Telecom Commission is responsible for:

  1. Formulating the policy of Department of Telecommunications for approval of the Government;
  2. Preparing the budget for the Department of Telecommunications for each financial year and getting it approved by the Government; &
  3. Implementation of Government’s policy in all matters concerning telecommunication.

The Telecom Commission consists of a Chairman, four full time members, who are ex-officio Secretaries to the Government of India in the Department of Telecommunications and four part time members who are the Secretaries to the Government of India in the concerned Departments. The Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Telecommunications is the ex-officio Chairmen of the Telecom Commission. The full-time Members of the Telecom Commission are Member (Finance), Member (Production), Member (Services) & Member (Technology). The part-time Members of the Telecom Commission are Chief Executive Officer, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, Secretary (Department of Economic Affairs), Secretary (Department of Electronics & Information Technology) and Secretary (Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion). The Chief Executive Officer, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has been nominated as a (part-time) Member of the Telecom Commission. 

(Adapted from PIB)

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