Big Victory for Internet Users in India : TRAI backs Net Neutrality

Big Victory for Internet Users in India : TRAI backs Net Neutrality

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released its recommendations regarding Net Neutrality. In its recommendations, the regulator has restricted service providers from entering into any arrangement, agreement or contract that can lead to discriminatory based on content available on the Internet. Content includes all content, application, services or any other other data, including its end-point information, that can be transmitted over the Internet. “The “discriminatory tariff” in the context of treatment of content…

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TRAI releases new Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality

The Indian Telecom Regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday has released a new consultation paper on Net Neutrality, asking for comments and counter – comments from stakeholders by February 15 and February 28, 2016 respectively. Responses are to be mailed to Asit Kadayan, Advisor (QoS) TRAI on the email address advqos@trai.gov.in. The Net Neutrality debate started in March 2015 , but the focus shifted to differential pricing and the regulator passed a…

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Net Neutrality wins! TRAI says no to Differential Pricing for Data Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday announced that no Telecom Service Provider will be allowed to offer discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content. “Prohibition of discriminatory tariff is necessary to ensure that service providers continue to fulfill obligations in keeping internet open and non-discriminatory.”, the regulator said in a statement. If the norms are not followed, a penalty of ₹ 50,000/day, subject to a maximum of ₹ 50,00,000 will be levied…

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TRAI to Seek Specific Replies from Respondants on Differential Pricing for Data Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadline for submission of comments and counter comments till January 7, 2016 and January 14, 2016, respectively. TRAI has released a consultation paper on ‘Differential Pricing for Data Services’ on December 9, 2015. The Consultation paper had sought comments along with their justification from Internet users on the following questions : Question 1: Should the TSPs be allowed to have differential pricing for data usage for accessing…

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2015 : At a glance – From Latest Gadgets to Net Neutrality

The year has been quite eventful as lot of changes are taking place in the world of technology. In this article, we will be covering some of the major tech events along with the ongoing issue i.e, Net Neutrality. January  Intel Compute Stick launched It is a 10.3 cm long USB device that can transform a TV into a computer. The device packs a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB eMMC storage and a microSD…

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TRAI’s website under DDoS attack for publishing email IDs of those who supported net neutrality

The twitter handle (@opindia_revenge) has claimed the responsibility for taking down TRAI’s website after the regulator published the e-mails along with email IDs of those persons who voiced for Net Neutrality in India. The regulator had received about over 11 lakh e-mails favoring support of net neutrality. Post publishing those emails with their email IDs, the social media flooded with posts against the regulator as this move had made the users more vulnerable to spamming. TRAI…

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COAI Reaffirms Support for Net Neutrality

COAI Reaffirms Support for Net Neutrality

The COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) today reaffirmed its support to Net Neutrality and made a strong pitch for ‘Net Equality’ that will enable access to Internet for a Billion Indians as part of the Government’s Digital India vision. The Association urged all stakeholders to have a comprehensive and informed debate on the subject of Net Neutrality keeping in mind the requirements of India and its citizens.   Clearing misconceptions that have arisen from the recent…

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Airtel clarifies misconceptions about Airtel Zero – is a not a tariff proposition but is an open marketing platform

Shortly after Flipkart’s decision to withdraw themselves from Airtel Zero partnership, Airtel has released a statement clarifying some misconceptions regarding Airtel Zero. Here’s full Airtel statement on this issue : Airtel fully supports the concept of Net Neutrality. There have been some misconceptions about our toll free data platform – Airtel Zero. It is a not a tariff proposition but is an open marketing platform that: 1.   Allows any application or content provider to offer…

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Flipkart Pulls out of Airtel Zero partnership, supports Net Neutrality

Flipkart India has walked away from Airtel Zero partnership. Earlier, the e-commerce giant had clarified that this move was not against net neutrality. It seems that the backlash from users have compelled the company to change their decision. Here’s Flipkart’s statement on this issue : We at Flipkart have always strongly believed in the concept of net neutrality, for we exist because of the Internet. Over the past few days, there has been a great…

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Net Neutrality and You!

Net Neutrality and You!

Over the past few weeks, most of you might have seen posts related Net Neutrality across various platforms. But if you are still confused about Net Neutrality – its importance, its impact and its Anti-Net Neutrality, then just read this story and everything will be clear to you. Let’s start by defining the term “Net Neutrality”. As per wikipedia, “Network neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally”. In simple terms,…

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