Airtel Zero and Internet.org go against net neutrality: Telecom Ministry

Telecom Ministry has found that Airtel Zero and RCom-Facebook’s internet.org plans go against the principles of net neutrality in its preliminary investigation, according to reports. However, no final decision is taken on this. Any future course of actions will be taken only after the expert committee of ministry submits its recommendations.

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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is also scrutinizing the matter on another side. The regulator’s decision on net neutrality will take some time due to its chairman Rahul Khullar’s retirement happened earlier this month. The new chairman will certainly take some time to have a detailed study and analysis of the issue.

Also read: Airtel Zero Platform violated Net Neutrality, Says DoT Secretary; but is the violation illegal ? TRAI yet to decide

Telecom operators are of opinion that plans like Airtel Zero and internet.org will benefit people of insufficient access of internet. They came up with the argument that such plans do not go against net neutrality, despite of the fact that they provide preferential treatments to selected websites.

Chances are high for the Ministry to adopt a solution considering both telecom operators and OTT players like Whatsapp, Viber, Skype etc, and to bring them under common regulations that can make them in par with one another.

Meanwhile, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had already announced that the Government will stand for non-discriminatory access to internet. The Government will consider the stances taken by other nations like Europe and US in case of net neutrality before finalizing the regulations. Also, TRAI will be the highest authority for any decisions regarding tariffs.

Source: TOI

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Joy
May 27, 2015 7:12 pm 7:12 PM

Pls don’nt cheat people by rationalizing.
Shame on Airtel, the largest service provider of India. Now has started looting citizens of India by making loop holes.
And holes in the customers pockets.
Net neutrality must survive.

gotohell
June 3, 2015 2:23 pm 2:23 PM

screw these money-mongers…..i mean i know they mean business but what is with this smiling face dacoity damn it…we are a frigging democracy as per my knowledge serves me and net neutrality is an unanimous win. kill these guys…flame them up. shitting with internet……hope they blow up. i wanted to use a ton other vocabularies but whatever is gonna happen is gonna happen….this is india, it is like showing the middle finger in crimson to the common masses and feeding them that it is gold

Kapil
May 27, 2015 4:25 am 4:25 AM

The #Sabkainternet thing is really getting promoted, earlier there were some sort of information that was included in their message they were sending to the customers, but now They are just sending messages in english and in hindi too that “Muft internet ke liye miss call karein 1800 sumthing sumthing”, i mean they are really playing on a bad level, bloody cheapocrates.

Sudhakar
May 27, 2015 1:05 am 1:05 AM

To everyone :

Please vote under.NOTA for all the elections to teach them a lesson.

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