Govt committed to concept of net neutrality – Manoj Sinha

Govt committed to concept of net neutrality – Manoj Sinha

2017-12-27T14:44:42+00:00 On

Telecom minister Manoj Sinha today said the government is committed to the “the fundamental principles and concept of net neutrality” and is studying the recommendations of the telecom regulator in this regard. The government is keen to ensure “non-discriminatory access to internet,”…

TRAI Net Neutrality recommendations are a win for Open Internet advocates

TRAI Net Neutrality recommendations are a win for Open Internet advocates

2017-11-29T10:03:20+00:00 On

India’s telecom regulator TRAI has issued its recommendations on Net Neutrality in India. The recommendations are largely along expected lines, and prevent telecom companies from slowing down the Internet to ease the traffic of their video apps, messengers and other ‘over-the-top’ services….

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

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

2017-08-07T10:40:48+00:00 On

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…

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

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

2017-05-01T16:54:50+00:00 On

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…

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

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

2017-05-01T17:41:11+00:00 On

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…

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

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

2017-04-21T13:06:18+00:00 On

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,…

TRAI wants FREE DATA for everyone, without ‘gatekeeping’ by telcos

TRAI wants FREE DATA for everyone, without ‘gatekeeping’ by telcos

2016-12-20T15:37:53+00:00 On

India’s telecom regulator has suggested that every rural citizen should be given 100 MB or so per month on a free basis to help the spread of digital revolution in the country. It has also suggested allowing ‘third party aggregators’ like Facebook…

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

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

2016-04-26T08:02:08+00:00 On

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…

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

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

2016-02-10T13:15:27+00:00 On

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…

TRAI’s new rules will mean the death of neutral Internet: Here’s why

TRAI’s new rules will mean the death of neutral Internet: Here’s why

2016-02-10T13:08:52+00:00 On

As you read this, India is celebrating the victory of ‘net neutrality’ over evil plans by Facebook and telecom companies to convert the Internet into a walled garden where they allow only those websites who pay monies to them. And you can’t…

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

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

2016-02-08T19:10:35+00:00 On

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…

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

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

2016-01-28T09:36:12+00:00 On

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…

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

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

2016-01-16T13:03:26+00:00 On

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…

Facebook to explore putting ads on Free Basics in the future

Facebook to explore putting ads on Free Basics in the future

2015-12-26T22:13:22+00:00 On

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…

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

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

2015-12-26T16:57:47+00:00 On

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…

POLL: A neutral alternative to Facebook’s Net Neutrality campaign

POLL: A neutral alternative to Facebook’s Net Neutrality campaign

2015-12-28T15:09:59+00:00 On

Facebook is claiming in an advertisement that 3.2 mln of its users have sent letters to the TRAI supporting its ‘free basics’ program in the context of the ongoing debate about net neutrality. However, it did not reveal how many of its…

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

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

2015-12-18T20:40:26+00:00 On

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…

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

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

2015-12-09T21:04:55+00:00 On

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…