Net Neutrality

Column: Free internet access; how Trai brought India back to square one

Recently, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) issued a consultation paper on free internet .

Net neutrality & Trai: Blanket ban on discriminatory tariffs bad

After leaving the initial consultative process halfway, bringing out a regulation banning differential pricing and coming out with a consultation paper recently to examine if mobile operators can provide free data, the Teleco

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Net neutrality: Facebook shuts Free Basics programme in India

Facebook had met with severe criticism for its programme, which aimed at providing basic Internet access to people in partnership with telecom operators.

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Marc Andreessen’s comments about India deeply upsetting: Mark Zuckerberg

"I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday. I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all," Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook posting yesterda

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Net neutrality: TRAI decision an anti-colonialist idea, says Facebook Board member

Facebook board member Marc Andreessen today set off a controversy by terming India's decision to bar discriminatory Internet tariff as an "anti-colonialist" idea and said the country would have been better off if it remained

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Net neutrality: Trai warns of action beyond Rs 50,000 fine for discriminatory data rates

Having barred discriminatory pricing of data services, the regulator Trai today warned of much stricter action against errant telecom operators if the existing penalty provision fails to tame them.

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Net neutrality: Facebook’s India stumble could embolden other regulators

Net neutrality debate: India's decision to effectively ban Facebook's pared-back free Internet service is a major blow to the social network's plans, and may prompt other regulators to demand equal online access for their use

Disappointed but will not give up: Mark Zuckerberg on Net Neutrality

Expressing disappointment on India's decision on net neutrality, Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg has said he is committed to keep working to break down connectivity barriers in India and around the world.

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Net neutrality: Free data door shut, litigation door ajar

In a major blow to mobile operators, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Monday barred operators from offering differential data tariffs through select tie-ups with content providers, which it labelled as “d

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Net neutrality: Facebook disappointed with Trai’s differential tariff decision

Social media giant Facebook today expressed disappointment over telecom regulator Trai's decision not to allow differential pricing of data, saying it adversely impacts its free internet platform Free Basics.


Net neutrality: Free food OK, not free data!

Net neutrality: Not surprisingly, given the TRAI’s comments in the past, the telecom regulator has ruled out differential pricing for data which, in effect, means there can be no Free Basics of the type Facebook was offerin

What is net neutrality?

What is net neutrality? In a boost to net neutrality and a blow to Facebook and other operators offering differential data tariffs, telecom regulator Trai today barred them from charging discriminatory prices for web access.

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Rahul Gandhi attacks govt over net neutrality issue

Rahul Gandhi today accused the government of delaying a decision on the issue of net neutrality on "pretext" of repeated discussions and took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his 'Digital India' scheme cannot bec

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Zomato, Cleartrip, Paytm, others write to PM Narendra Modi to defend net neutrality

Hundreds of startups including bigger players like, Zomato, Cleartrip, Paytm and their employees today approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi to defend net neutrality, which they define it as access to content on Internet wi

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Trai open house on data pricing is no open-and-shut case

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India may find it difficult to frame clear-cut guidelines on differential data tariff given the diverse responses received at the open house on the subject on Thursday.

After face-off with Facebook, watchdog says data pricing norms by January end

A day after the sparring match with social networking site Facebook over the issue of Free Basics came out in the open, India's telecom regulator on Thursday said its norms on the issue of differential pricing of data will be

Trai to hold differential pricing discussion on Thursday

Sectoral regulator Trai will conduct an open house discussion on differential pricing for data services, a key aspect of net neutrality, on January 21.

Congress slams start-up action plan for silence on net neutrality

Congress today criticised the Centre's action plan on start-ups a day after its launch as it said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "silence" on the issue of net neutrality, a "key" component for such businesses, was "deafe

Will take structured view on net neutrality: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Asserting the government's stand on non-discriminatory access to internet, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the issue of net neutrality is being debated by Trai...

Net Neutrality debate: Trai gets 80% replies via Facebook

As Trai gears up to frame the Net Neutrality rules, telecom operators have favoured differential pricing for data services even as nearly 80 per cent replies to the regulator's consultation process follow the Facebook 'templa

Column: Free, but basic – The net as a public good

Trai must unpick the analytics embedded in the arguments for and against Free Basics

Telecom operators, platforms should not control content

Nasscom software body favors differential pricing only for public interest content with regulator's approval

Trai extends deadline for comments on net neutrality

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has extended the last date for receiving comments on its paper on differential data pricing...

Column: Fudging the debate on net neutrality

Trai’s consultation paper on differential pricing is seriously handicapped by the lack of relevant data & information

TRAI aims to resolve some net neutrality issues by early 2016

As the debate over the net neutrality resurfaces, telecom regulator Trai has said it is looking to solve the issues "part-by-part" and also aiming to come up with the final guidelines based on the views received from differen

Paytm, Truecaller bat for net neutrality, seek users’ support

Facebook is aggressively promoting its controversial initiative Free Basics to garner support through its social media platform, but new-age companies like Truecaller and Paytm have voiced out against the initiative and are a

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