Though the regulator has made progress in establishing an overarching framework for net neutrality in India, it has its work cut out in framing additional regulations.
While the telecom department will have to call on the regulator’s recommendations, TRAI has also reserved the right to regulate and enforce non-discriminatory access within its framework.
While the FCC and TRAI chairmen may share similar goals, India’s telecom regulator should pick and choose what it wants to take away from the US debate.
The slow demise of Wikipedia Zero on the subcontinent deserves greater attention from policy makers and public alike.
A golden median between an ex-ante and ex-post approach is possible to achieve, if flexibility is at the core of TRAI’s regulatory ethos.
The telecom regulator seeks to resolve the remaining aspects of net neutrality, namely speed and access.
The telecom regulator also takes aim at India’s Universal Service Obligation Fund and says it should be tapped for providing free 100 MB to rural Internet users.
The company posted an advertisement for a manager for conservative outreach and public policy partnership, seeking a “liaison to conservative, libertarian and free market groups.”
Trends indicate that ‘Service-in-India’ is where investor interest really lies. This poses challenges for Modi’s policy makers at multiple levels particularly since technologies are not static, unlike the policies that circumscribe them.
The consultation process for an overarching framework is being done in two phases this time, in order to be more comprehensive, but will also likely require greater focus and attention from the supporters of net neutrality.
The regulator is looking at whether giving away free data is possible without violating its earlier regulations on differential pricing of data.
Now that the dust is slowly settling, it’s a good time to sit back and understand the implications of the new rules, the obstacles in moving forward as well as grapple with some of the controversial reactions to TRAI’s decision.
Though seen as a major victory for net neutrality and an open Internet, the new set of regulations remains unsupported by empirical data, especially with regard to the adverse effects of zero-rating.
In this process, TRAI has not only taken a strong stand against technology companies that look to use zero-rating of data as a means of entrenching and expanding their market share, but also defined crucial terminology that will be useful in the future.
As TRAI looks to make a final decision, the Save the Internet movement is rallying India’s start-up ecosystem while Facebook considers independent oversight of Free Basics.
In a startling series of e-mail exchanges, the regulatory body delivers a scathing indictment of Facebook’s lobbying practices.
Are you one of the million people that sent out a missed call in hopes of supporting Facebook’s Free Basics initiative and “digital equality”? If so, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has some unfortunate news for you: your support doesn’t count. It isn’t your fault, however. […]
The debate between Murthy and Facebook raises issues that speak to the larger net neutrality discussion within India.
The business of democracy is transacted over multiple spaces – both mainstream media and alternative – and to concentrate the ownership of a medium is to limit the possibilities of a diverse public discourse.
The Government should strive to ensure that every Indian has access to the full Internet and not just some corner of it chosen by Facebook or any other technology company.
Whether the regulator is attempting a deeper look or trying to negate the support that was drummed up for net neutrality earlier this year, it desperately needs to be more open and forthcoming about its consultation process.
More than questions of funding and sponsorship, Freedom House’s ‘Freedom on the Net’ report needs to be open about the problems with its methodology and approach to defining and measuring challenges to the Internet.
Wales answers questions on zero-rating and net-neutrality, how digital connectivity will play a role in achieving global development, and access to openly available content.
Wooing the big digital players to invest in India is all very well, but Indian companies will be looking for a level playing field too
While the movement in March elicited surprise from observers for being so passionate and widespread, it drew flak soon after for projecting net neutrality as a monolithic entity devoid of gray areas.
TRAI is under pressure to implement what appears to be a set of amenable suggestions on net neutrality from the DoT
Enforcement Directorate officials sent to Singapore on Lalit Modi’s trail The government on Monday sent Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials to Singapore to expedite the letter rogatory (LR) the agency had sent to the country earlier in the day. This is the first major step against former IPL chief […]
In an intriguing case of abuse, a Bengaluru-based programmer was threatened with a criminal lawsuit for attempting to expose an avaricious program that violated net neutrality
Broadly speaking, the three broad principles that should be inviolate are: No blocking, No throttling and Transparency in traffic management by all broadband suppliers. Thereafter, practices such as access-tiering, zero-rating and others need to be debated to discuss what best suits India.