80% replies to TRAI consultation process on net neutrality follow Facebook templates

By January 9th, 2016 AT 6:29 PM

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has received a record 24 lakh comments on its consultation papers on differential pricing for data services and about 80% of the replies follow the Facebook ‘templates’.


Out of the 24 lakh comments received by the telecom regulator, about 18.94 lakh replies were in support of Free Basics, of which 13.5 lakh were through ‘@supportfreebasics.in’ or sans the senders’ e-mail Ids and about 5.44 lakh comments have come from ‘@facebookmail.com’.

About 4.84 lakh comments came from forums like ‘Save the Internet.

Comments were also received from the telecom operators, including Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Communications, and the Internet service providers, industry bodies and individuals. Of late, Facebook went on with its massive campaign in favour of its Free Basics platform. In an advertisement, it mentioned that how the platform will help spread internet connectivity throughout the country.

Last year, the net neutrality debate stirred a hornet’s nest following Bharti Airtel’s zero-rating platform. The zero-rating platform offers free browsing to consumers on select websites that have paid for it.

A DoT panel submitted an over 100-page report to the government last year on net neutrality. However, the government had said that it would come to any conclusion only after taking stock of all the reports.

The report submitted by the panel was in favour of an end to the free call regime over the internet. “The government is committed to the fundamental principles and concept of net neutrality and strives for non-discriminatory access to the internet for all citizens of the country,” Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said.

Having over six years of experience in business journalism, Krishna has a knack for writing on telecom and IT. She believes that tryst with technology is the best thing that has ever happened to the mankind. Krishna is a telecom analyst with CMR

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And later these fre basic supporters will curse the government for allowing free basic and similar plans for looting them. They even don’t know and will never know what they have done. They will never know that they have sent an email to TRAI. Some of them even don’t know what is TRAI.

Now we, who know all this must delete their Facebook account for showing their discontent. The quality of Facebook.com will be reduced and it will remain a platform for spreading rumors only.


This is just utter stupidity. I’m furious over this. People are so illiterate. They immaturely clicked on FB agenda on FB. Govt shouldn’t consider mails and message sent through FB channels. I sent to Trai using my own email id. I know Indian are not stupid but They unknowingly clicked on the message, dumb fu*ks. Agar Govt ko iss topic pe janta ki bhalai ke liye bhi janta se rai leni hai to fir kyun na har cheez me le..ye saale sarkar bnaa kyun rakhi hai..band karo ye dukaan… ye india me sabhi netaaon ne dimaag kharaab kar ke rakha… Read more »

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