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TRAI to hear the public on net neutrality in open house this month

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has started registrations for an open house discussion on its upcoming recommendations on net neutrality.The open house discussion will be held on Wednesday, August 30 at 9:30 AM in New Delhi. The venue has not been finalized yet, and is likely to be fixed

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NET NEUTRALITY: Netflix says let India decide what it wants to watch

Netflix, the world's biggest provider of video-on-demand services, rebuffed attempts by telecom companies to control viewership of online video and said consumers must be allowed to consume any legal content on the Internet without 'gate keeping' or interference by telecom providers.It said its position was that "gate-keepers should not be

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Telcos trying to create ‘caste system’ on Internet – IFF on Net Neutrality

Telecom companies are trying to divide Internet traffic into different 'castes' and treat each of them differently and want to extract money from people who create apps, websites and other content, said Internet Freedom Foundation.The IFF was responding to suggestions given to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India by telcos

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Telcos Change Tack as Net Neutrality Fight Enters Final Round in India

If you thought the fight over net neutrality was over with the sending of 1 mln emails to the TRAI two years ago, think again.The telecom service providers, who lost out that in the first round, are back. This time, however, their demands are more subtle, and focused on getting

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Bharti Airtel calls TRAI’s bluff over net neutrality with intranet query

As expected, telecom companies have rightly sought to exploit a loophole left open by the regulator and the government when they issued the famous 'net neutrality' guidelines earlier in the year.The TRAI and the government had, in February, banned any discriminatory charging for digital content flowing over their networks, and said

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TRAI’s net neutrality rules could see zero-rated networks replace zero-rated websites in India

The TRAI's new net neutrality rules are likely to see the launch of a number of zero-rated networks by players whose dreams of zero-rated websites have been dashed by the regulator.Under the new regulations, telecom companies have been banned from offering any website for free, but have been allowed to

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‘Bold and Fair’, says Internet & Mobile Association on TRAI’s net neutrality regulations

The Internet and Mobile Association of India welcomed the Indian telecom regulator's move to ban differential pricing of data based on the type and source of content."This ruling vindicates the associations stand on the issue. The internet Start-up eco-system and the internet user community are delighted," it said.Taking a long-term

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Zee TV warns against plans by Airtel, Idea, Vodafone etc to dilute net neutrality

Following Star TV and Sony, Zee TV has also come out strongly against any move to allow telecom operators to charge websites for content viewed by their consumers over the Internet.At present, any person is free to start a website, app or any other content service on the Internet, and

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After Star, Sony India comes down hard on moves to curb net neutrality

After Star TV, Sony Pictures Networks India -- which runs several popular TV channels -- has raised a red flag against any move to splinter the Internet into free and paid."Differential pricing leads to restriction of access to information. It enables TSPs to play the role of gate-keepers to the

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Facebook to explore putting ads on Free Basics in the future

Facebook, the world's largest social media company, said it will explore the option of putting advertising in its 'free Internet' platform - Free Basics.Participating in a discussion on Reddit, Facebook's Vice President in charge of Internet.org, Chris Daniels said it's a possibility the company will look at in the future.Facebook

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Facebook VP to take questions on Reddit AMA today 6 pm on Free Basics and Net Neutrality

Facebook's Vice President in charge of Internet.org, Chris Daniels will answer 'any questions' on the discussion website Reddit at 6 pm today.The move comes in the wake of an uproar in social media in India over what many perceive as Facebook's attempt to take over the Internet, especially in lower-income

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COLUMN: The True Price of Facebook’s ‘Free Internet’ program

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is prompting its users to send a submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to save its 'Free Basics' program, urging them to fight the "small, vocal group" of net neutrality activists."A small, vocal group of critics are lobbying to have Free Basics

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New TRAI net neutrality paper is a breath of fresh air after the last one

The latest consultation paper by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on telecom providers charging different prices for browsing different websites -- the so-called differential pricing of data -- comes across as a breath of fresh air after the last one, issued under former chairman Rahul Khullar.While Khullar started with

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MTS says won’t block VoIP calls, offers OpenWeb data plans

With operators like Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular asking the government to be allowed to block certain web applications that compete with their own offerings, data-centric service provider MTS has declared that it will never block any web traffic on its network.Sistema Shyam TeleServices - which runs its services under

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