Q. With reference to the Telecommunications Act, 2023, which of the following statements are correct?
1.It aims to establish a modern framework for governing the telecommunications sector.
2.It replaces the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933.
3.It introduces a centralized billing system to support innovation in the telecom sector.
4.Digital Bharat Nidhi is the new name for the Universal Service Obligation Fund under the Act.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 1, 2 and 3 only

[C] 1, 2 and 4 only

[D] 2 and 4 only

Answer: C
Notes:

Explanation –

Statements 1, 2 and 4 are correct. The Act aims to amend and consolidate laws relating to development and operation of telecommunication services and networks, replacing older laws to incorporate a modern framework for regulating the sector. The Telecommunications Act, 2023 seeks to repeal and replace the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933. The Act renames the Universal Service Obligation Fund as Digital Bharat Nidhi.

Statement 3 is incorrect. The Act introduces a regulatory sandbox mechanism to support innovation in the telecom sector.

Source: AIR

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