The authority said: We have not instructed the service providers to increase the internet charges
The Nepal Telecommunication Authority has clarified that it has not given any instructions to the service providers to increase the internet charges/tariffs.
Publishing a notice on Monday, the authority said that the internet service providers have reached a mutual agreement to increase the fees of internet services and they have drawn serious attention to the fact that the fees of internet services have been increased as per the instructions of the authority.
In the notice of the authority, it is said that, ‘Internet service providers have reached a mutual agreement to increase the fees of internet services, and the Nepal Telecommunication Authority has drawn serious attention to the fact that some internet service providers have increased the tariffs of internet services by various means. is.’
According to the authority, the internet service providers willingly increase the fees/tariffs of internet services in collusion is against the Telecommunications Act, 2053 and the Competition Promotion and Market Protection Act, 2063.
According to section 42 of the Telecommunications Act, 2053 and the conditions of the license, the fee/tariff charged to the customer for providing the service by the licensed telecommunication service providers must be compulsorily approved by the authority, including the date of approval, and the legal provision to be implemented only after publishing a notice for the information of the customer and the general public. According to the authority, correspondence and public notices are being published time and time again to apply the fee/tariff rate to all telecommunication service providers who have received the license as per the above.
In accordance with the existing legal system of approving the charges/tariffs of telecommunication services, while approving the charges/tariffs of telecommunication services from the authority, fair market competition has also been taken into consideration.
According to the said provision, no permission has been granted to any internet service provider for charging more than the approved fee/tariff and no notice has been issued so far for charging more than the approved fee/tariff for the existence of internet service.
In addition, the authority has also requested that if any bill/invoice has been issued to any consumers charging a fee/tax rate higher than the approved tariff rate, they should provide the information to the authority and assist them.
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