Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has asked Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Cable TV, and telephone service providers to renew and pay their rental dues for using its infrastructures.
NEA’s distribution and customer service directorate at Durbarmarg called on service providers that use rented fiber optics and other infrastructures to clear their remaining bills by Poush 7. The authority also warns that the firms not complying will face action.
The notice read, “Service providers that operate a telephone, internet, and TV services using infrastructures of Nepal Electricity Authority and use its optical fiber are requested to renew the contract according to the rules.” It asks the companies to contact the provincial office of NEA in the concerned area before Poush 7, 2079 to pay the rent amount due now.
Likewise, the directorate warned that companies that fail to adhere to will face action as per the prevailing rules. NEA has given ISPs and other service providers a 30-day deadline to clear their remaining dues.
NEA has been at loggerheads with ISPs for months. The authority is miffed by ISPs’ use of its poles and their reluctance to pay for “expensive” pole rental charges. After months of standoff, ISPs have recently begun removing the cables as a sign of the cooling tension between the two.