Friday, July 21, 2006

CBNSat Customers it is time to take Action

Here we are approaching another weekend. The confusion and madness that has gripped the media industry which began with the shutting down of cable tv stations is now continuing with the new taxes on local tv stations and the advertising industry.

In a few weeks time it will two months since this fiasco started and no one has given relief to the people who purchased the connections. The state of affairs in sri lanka is going down very badly and very soon we may be comparable to countries like North Korea. The temporary license is all but forgotten. We wish to thank "Dude" for putting up a really inspiring comment on this blog. Yes justice will prevail but let it not be dragged. We would like to urge His Excellency The President Mahinda Rajapakse to allow CBNSat to resume operations with immediate effect since the people have spent their hard earned money on this service.

This technology put Sri Lanka on par with developed nations in terms of satellite technology. We should be proud of a company going into technology like this and enabling all classes of people to have equal access to quality educational and entertainment programmes.

You the citizens of this country have to exercise your fundamental rights and will have to organise some kind of action plan. Just posting on this blog is not going to solve your problems. You have to continue writing letters to the authorities and now you have to take a step beyond this too. This blog is open for all to come up with a plan and organise some kind of campaign (no violence please, and not anything that will compromise the security plans step up by the Government) and get the authorities to give ear to the people.

There are several of you who post on this blog and we see that some do not post now because it is all post and no action. We asked you all whether to organise a meeting and nothing materialised because of low response. So we will not organise anything this time and we hand it over to you CBNSat customers to discuss using this blog, use sms, email and all forms of communication to get in touch with each other and come up with a plan. Then the authorities will definitely listen to all of you.

Please keep posting on this blog on any new developments as the weekend progresses. Good Luck to all of you.

36 comments:

Liberated said...

I agree we need to do something but what can we do? I can't imagine how we as a group can do much when the Attorney General has been ignored! But yes I am willing to try.

harith said...

They are running the country like NAZIS as poltical henchman are the only people who can do business here.I am fed up with the whole sytem and specialy the people who run it Huluballa and Baluwardena.

harith said...

THE TV LANKA GUY WHO WAS APPOINTED TEA BORAD CHAIRMAN BY THE PRESIDENT(YOU KNOW FOR WHAT) HAD ASKED IN THE FIRST MEETING WHETHER THE TEA AUCTION IS HELD ONLY ONCE A MONTH(WHAT A JOKE) AND FURTHER THE FIRST THING HE HAD DONE IS TO APPOINT A DEPUTY FOR HIM WITH A STAGERING EXPENSE OF LKR 300,000/- PER MONTH,WHICH THE BOARD HAS REJECTED,

THIS IS THE MAN WHO DESTROYED CBNsat.

dee.panadura said...

i am willing to join in but this needs to be a well planned effort.

But considering the downfall of the legal system in the country vis-a-vis some political appointees. Will there be anybody in the govenment who will want give ear?

I just dont want to be branded as one of those useless red dressed fellows who always loiter at lipton

Yuktiya said...

LBN –Case

There want be a temporary licenses issued to the company. According to the media ministry they are working on the permanent licenses. Since TRC licensees closing date today. They will revert back on 26th of this month.

Sam said...

Story for you boys.
There was a country in galaxy far, far a way with chief-of-justice name Sarath. One day a citizen sues this CJ because he doesn’t trust him or something. Guess who was the judge in that case? CJ himself listen to the accuser against him. And guess what happened to the accuser? CJ (the defended) put him (accuser) jail. Actually that guy still in a jail far, far a way.
Well my point is – there is no point.
I’m sorry for been so negative. But I live in Sri Lanka and I have experience.

Sam said...

Hey Herath.. This is out of topic. but who is deputy for TV lanka guy? is that a guy name Darshana AKA Kamal AKA David?

We all know how TV lanka make money with TRC;) By the way do you know he is paying for one of TRC guy's (Ramanayaka) apartment at SET Building even deposit money in to his son's (around 10 years old) account (that kid must be the most richest kid in SL)?

harith said...

I am also willing to join and whatever happens we must teach a lesson to this TV Lanka guy and SATnet and this why the country isnt going anywhere.

The rulers would have lost over 150000 votes single handedly over this issue and that is a big sum to count on a decider.

harith said...

Thanks for the info Sam i am not quite sure the name he proposed and the details given are 100% accurte as per the guy who is a senior in the tea trade.

This bugger is sure to destroy the tea trade as his friend Kariyapperuma did for the NLB

Yuktiya said...

Breaking News.

TRC have extended the closing date for the applications up to August 15th. The next Magistrate court hearing on the Aug 15th. Now one thing is sure, entire episode is well planned. They will another 2 months to evaluate the applications on Aug 15th.

cbnsatcustomer said...

Yes they have extended the deadline.

extension notice

Now they can drag this further.

lil_birdy said...

are these fuckheads insane??? Why the fuck cant they give justice to cbn sat? its known they have not committed any wrongs...so why are they still prolonging this agony?
If cbn sat goes on like this, they will shut down because of bankruptsy.... dont these morons want any kind of developments in this goddamn country? if investments are treated this way, they will be left with only balls! Mr president! will you please intervene?

Lisura said...

I personally know few businessmen close to the government are trying to get into this business. But under the current situation they can't come out as they will be idenfied as the under cutters who fabricated the whole issue.

They are running behind other people to work as proxies for them. This is for their cover up. The licences will be issued to those persons name. So it will take time for them to apply for this licence. Most of these operators are planning to uplink from india or Hong Kong.

This is a very unfair business practice. Shutting down a successful service provider to create space to governments favourites.

After these new players enter the market only the'll allow CBNSat also to commence operations.

And TRC has been dead silent right from the start of this whole scenario. But we have inside information that TRC officials are running behind their "Friends" to obtain this licence.

So I would say a lot of DTH satellite TV operators will enter the Sri Lankan market.

Dear friends now that we know the whole scene please don't fall prey in tho the hands of these operators. Carefully examine who is behind the operations. Definitely you'll find people who is behind this fiasco !

dee.panadura said...

Cant you guys see.

We have given our country on a platter to be run by guys backed by outcasts(JVP).

They see nothing but darkness in their lives, they and their off spring will never ever see a bright future and they do not want any average person to lead a normal life.

so lets wait and see

bank_dude said...

Can we organize a protest in front of TRC to highlight our concerns about CBNSat matter. I think now it's right time to proceed such a action. Further no violence.

sharm said...

I will stick with CBN whatever and live without it if doesnt come back

sharm said...

Yes dude thats right we should immedietly start something as the whole issue is being dragged on

Lisura said...

How many letters have we posted to the relevant authorities. They have turned blind folded. This government do not care about the 25,000 CBNSat subscribers.

There are bigger issues in the country with 100,000's of people involved. IF the government is not taking any action on them can you expect them to do anything for this issue.

And we all know by now what is and who is behind the sudden closure of CBNSat. They have done it with an objective.

That is to prevent people from getting a satellite connection till their players enter the business. They wanted to create that room. So till then they will keep CBNSat shut.

On the otherhand this incident have already distotred the finer image of CBNSat as a company. They have spend a lot to make their brand a clean one. That is no more there now. With other companies entering the market it will be hard for CBN to compete with this tarnished image of them. People will have fears at the back of their minds that this could be closed anytime. SO the new subscribers will go for new service providers.

Lisura said...

I personally do not think that the government will listen to our grievances. How many letters have we posted to the relevant authorities. Has anything happened ??? NOOOOO!!!!!

They have closed CBN with a prime abjective. That's to let their friends enter this business. This is not like changing a mobile network. Once you invest with the system of one operator you can't use it with another like in mobiles by changing the chip.

CBN reciver cant be used with DishTV and vice versa. So a subscriber will hardly switch opearators unless there is a big technical advantage like between comet and CBN.

CBN have brought in the latest technology (DVB-S) and caught up the market at an aggressive rate. 25,000 connections in just one year. If they operated for these 3 months on average they'll sell another 4000 connections but with the world cup the amount would have been double !

So the "Interested parties" as mentioned by the TRC (Now the cat had jumped out of the TRC bag !!!! ) wanted to stop this till they start their business.

Even on August 15th nothing will happen. It will take another 2 months to draft the amendment to the Rupavahini act. And the charges against the operators will also be filed on that date.

So that will be just another court date. Most probably it will get postponed again.

Dude said...

Come on lisura don't be so negative. We can do something. Let's organise something. A protest or a meeting.

TRUE said...

We are only talking from Day One. We have not done anythink other than sending mails and posting our issues. We have to form a GROUP. Which can be seen in public. The CBN SAT Group has to come out of the WEB to the PUBLIC EYE. They have to protest for people like MTV and SIRASA, SWARNAWHINI TO OPEN THEIR EYE's. We have to potest in front of the MEDIA MINISTRY OR FILE A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS CASE. This will result in some where.

Cable Guy said...

We need to strike back (not physically ;) ) but this is not the time.

We (people who enjoy foreign entertainment) are being criticized by the rest of the country. And opposition is very strong at the moment.

What I suggest is waiting for the tax fiasco to cool down and then make our self heard.

For most of the CBN customers (like me), CBN is the only option because other operators doesn’t cover the area outside the Colombo suburb.
(So this is in a way a “podi miniha’s” satellite channel)

Struggle must go on, but now is not the time to go out and play.


P.S.
In addition I saw on LBO (TV) that there was some Audit related issues raised against 2 ISPs, could we be seeing a the beginning of the end?
I don’t have much detail on it; post anything u know here or some where else because it’s not relevant to this blog.
If they strike on ISPs that’s hit me right in the gut, my next option will be wrap up the business and leave country.

Sam said...

I’m not been negative here – I’m just trying to move the light around.

I’m not sure we (citizens) have enough resources in this. This is not a problem about LBNSat or any other cable TV station. This is much larger problem.

Telecommunication much more profitable than ‘Drugs’ – I’m quoting one the TRC guys here.

When ever government regulate something it create monopoly (earlier SLT, Shell Gas, etc..) Once the regulations turn in to restriction it create black-market (ex: Prostitution)
Black-Market always managed by underworld or so call mafia (again Prostitution and Telecommunication are best examples)

This problem starts not when Cabal stations shut down. It started long time before government start to sell off the radio frequency spectrum for data transmission. Water, Air, Beach, Ocean, Radio Frequency Spectrum, Satellite orbit, Sunlight own by citizens and none suppose to sell.

Lanka Internet, Electrotec (TV Lanka), MTN is brought the radio frequency spectrum very first time. None make any hum about that then – we had no need – we had bread for 3.50.

When TRC restrict VOIP call termination they created black-market giants. Thilanga Sumathipala, Chandrika Bandaranayaka, TV Lanka guy are few of them.

In good old days they made around 20Rs per an every call minute – after it reduce to 8Rs and now the profit is around 1.50Rs to 50c per a minute.
Let’s do the match – Let’s say TV lanka guy had 10 E1 lines (that is very low figure).
E1 line is 30 phone lines. Let’s calculate profit as 10 Rs per a minute.

30x10 (One E1 line per a minute) x 10 (10 E1 line per a minute) x 60 (per a hour) x24 (per day) x 30 (per a month) = 129600000 RS

Now those guys are extremely powerful enough to even buy the president. (Did he?)

TRC function so much active than Bribery Communion. The simple reason is TRC guys receive 1.50Rs to 25c on every call for provide protection to the black market. Remember we are talking about huge some of money.

Whole world run on telecommunication infrastructure this days. But in Sri Lanka it is a business run by very few people.

Now what benefit all mighty TV lanka guy get out of from cable TV? VOIP do not make any profit no more. He needs to get in to some other business and he wants his good old monopoly provided by government using our tax money. He is working toward that.

The long term solution for this – we need much more transparent and liberal telecommunication regulatory commission. Regulation should happened only when market not able to regulate it self. Remember Sri Lanka is the only country license WinMAX too. All this issues are out put of one giant problem we have.

Do you think we (citizens) can make louder sound than black money – especially when majority of Sri Lankan are not interested in this?

But as a viewer all I have to do is hang around year or so until TVLanka start their own cable TV station. But as a good citizen I like to see TRC go to hell.

Sad Man said...

This is for...

Citizens’ Movement for Good Governance (CIMOG)

Are you guys still sleeping!!! You all are always busy with minor unimportant issues. Don't you guys see that the rights of over 25,000 Citizens are being violated by the TRC. It is high time you did something about this.

ozman said...

not worth shouting here, and showing your grief, i say go and protest or organize a meeting corresponding to a group so the RIGHTS of 25,000 customers will be prevailed, and TRC cannot do nothing about it....

good luck, make a group and tell me, and pls do not show ur grief here, cuz it aint helping

Lisura said...

I'm not being negative my fellow bloggers ! We have to face the reality. Can you expect any mercy form this type of rulers.

Even after the court orders the Comet and SATNet is still in operation and no one is bothered to look into them. There were rumours saying that other small scale cable operators are selaed but they are also still operating.

Now we all know that the amendment of the Rupavahini corporation act is still not being done and the new licence deadline have been postponed to 15th August.

So it's very clear that no one in the business have these licences now.

SO WHAT'S BEHIND ALL THE OTHERS OPERATING AND CBNSAT AND LBN IS SHUT. PLEASE DON'T SHUT DOWN OTHERS BUT PLEASE LET EVERYONE OPERATE AT LEAST BY NOT GIVING NEW CONNECTIONS TILL THE WHOLE INDUSTRY IS BEING REGULARISED !!!

Dude said...

Guys can we fix a date and meet up during this week and decide the form of action that we are going to take. We need to talk first before going to protest or anything. Can anyone help us to organise a press conference.

Anyway before any of these can we meet.

Let's do this soon.

Lisura said...

GOOD IDEA DUDE. WE SHOULD FORM A GROUP LIKE "CBNSAT SUBSCRIBER FORUM" AND HOLD A PRESS BRIEFING. I THINK THEN WE CAN GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS. AND MAYBE WE CAN GET AN APPOINTMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT AND MEET HIM AND TELL HIM OUR GRIEVENCES.

I SUSPECT THAT THE LETTERS WE HAVE SENT HAVN'T REACHED THE PRESIDENT. MAYBE THE OFFICIALS BELOW WOULD HAVE HID THEM. THAT'S THE NATURE.

SO WHERE CAN WE MEET. CAN'T WE GET THE SUPPORT OF CBNSAT TO ORGANISE THIS ???? I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER. THEY NEED NOT TO COME TO THE SCENE. WE'LL BE AT THE SCENE. BUT THEY HAVE TO BE AT THE BACK.

10 STRONG PEOPLE IS ENOUGH TO LEAD THE FORUM. AT LEAST 50 OR 100 SUBSCRIBERS SHOULD BE AT THE BACK.

POST YOUR COMMENTS !!!!!

Dude said...

If CBNSat gets involved it will be as if we are doing this because CBNSat is backing us up. CBNSat should stay out of this.

We can meet in some public place and talk before we organise a press briefing. Can you suggest a location and we urge all the other subscribers to join this effort. I suggest that LBN customers also join us.

matrix said...

"Dude"

Good idea, all should get-together & act on this matter.

CBNSATVICTIM said...

OK, I suggest that we should meet near the Buddha Statue at Viharamaha Devi Park on 27th Thursday by 5.30pm.

If any body can have the hand phone numbers of all CBNsat and LBN customers, we can invite them by SMS to be at the protest or press conferance or whatever we are going to organize.

In the meantime, if there is a lawyer (Customer) who can arranged a appeal letter addressed to Mr. President with copies to all relevant authorities where we can collect about 2500 signatures, it will be fine

Lisura said...

OK ! MEETING AT VIHARAMAHADEVI PARK NEAR THE BUDDHA STATUE IS OK. THE DATE WILL BE 27TH THURSDAY AT 5.30 P.M.

WE WILL INFORM OUR PERSONAL CONTACTS TOO. (WHO ARE CBNSAT CUSTOMERS)

AND THERE SHOULD BE A WAY TO IDENTIFY THE SUBSCRIBERS. SO I SUGGEST EVERYONE TO BRING A CBNSAT BILL TOGETHER WITH THEIR NATIONAL ID CARD.

STRICTLY NO STRANGERS SHOULD BE ENTERTAINED. WE SHOULD CONCERN ABOUT OUR OWN SECURITY.

Lisura said...

Yes ! I think at least few of us should meet in the first place immediately before everyones' meeting. Then something will go forward. I think the moderator will also have some contacts. I also have some which I got before.

IF YOU ARE OK PLEASE SEND ME YOUR CONTACT DETAILS TO cbnsat@gmail.com

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR CBNSAT ACCOUNT NUMBER. OTHERWISE NO WAY OF TRACKING WHETHER YOU ARE A GENUINE PERSON.

Dude said...

Ok then we will have the meeting at Viharamahadevi Park on Thursday at 5:30PM. Can someone come up with a chain email and send it to cbnsat@gmail.com for lisura to start forwarding it to all the people whose email address he has received. Then we in turn can forward it to all our friends and then they to their friends. I am sure that we will get a few more people on board for this meeting since among our friends they may have friends who have cbnsat/lbn connections. Let's do this today. I think we should be called the "CBNSat-LBN Joint Customer Task Force". Shall we get the LBN people involved too. Since together we will be much stronger.

One more thing it is a good idea to bring along a Bill plus the NIC but those who do not have the bill please along bring their Receipt of Purchase and NIC.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please confirm the Meeting Location and time by email for us to post it officially on the blog. Is it going to involve only CBNSat or also LBN customers. Whoever is collecting the email address, please get in touch with us. We also have some email address that we can get across to you. The chain mail idea is also good to get the message across. The word should spread starting today.

Admin

Dude said...

Is the meeting confirmed. Lisura you have the email addresses so why don't you email the Admin with this information on the meeting. Lisura since you have the addresses why don't you start the chain mail.

We better get to work soon guys and gals