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Ravi Shankar Prasad says he denied Facebook permission for Free Basics; bats for non-discriminatory internet access
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Ravi Shankar Prasad says he denied Facebook permission for Free Basics; bats for non-discriminatory internet access

TRAI had issued a regulation in Feb 2016 on discriminatory pricing over Internet access which led to the ban of platforms like Free Basics and Airtel Zero.

Net neutrality: Right to non-discriminatory internet access is not negotiable, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Tech

Net neutrality: Right to non-discriminatory internet access is not negotiable, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said he had denied permission to Facebook's Free Basics platform when he was handling a portfolio of the communications ministry.

TRAI mulls free internet service within net neutrality framework
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TRAI mulls free internet service within net neutrality framework

Telecom regulator TRAI proposed exploring models to give consumers free Internet service within the Net neutrality framework, months after barring platforms like Facebooks Free Basics and Airtel Zero under its differential pricing rule.

Trai mulls free internet service for under-connected consumers
Business

Trai mulls free internet service for under-connected consumers

The model should facilitate the un-connected and under-connected consumer to become better connected and should not allow any telecom service providers (TSPs) or large company playing a gatekeeper or biased role

'Well TRAI-d Mark Zuckerberg': Social media celebrates as Telecom authority backs #netneutrality
India

'Well TRAI-d Mark Zuckerberg': Social media celebrates as Telecom authority backs #netneutrality

Here are some of the reactions that made #netneutrality the top trend on Monday

Net Neutrality: Telecom operators back differential pricing for data services
Business

Net Neutrality: Telecom operators back differential pricing for data services

Telecom operators have supported differential pricing for data usage for accessing different websites, applications or platforms as they feel it is critical for promoting innovation in the Internet eco-system and bringing more people online

Airtel Zero, Facebook Free Basics violate net neutrality: Nasscom
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Airtel Zero, Facebook Free Basics violate net neutrality: Nasscom

IT industry body Nasscom today opposed Airtel Zero and Free Basics type platforms which it feels violate net neutrality principles by differentiating internet access for certain types of services.

Net Neutrality: IAMAI opposes zero rated plans, submits comments on DoT report
India

Net Neutrality: IAMAI opposes zero rated plans, submits comments on DoT report

Opposing zero-rated plans of any type, Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on Monday said such plans will harm online content and also allow telcos to discriminate certain web services over others.

Is Google taking a stand against Net Neutrality in India?
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Is Google taking a stand against Net Neutrality in India?

Vineeta Dixit from Google's public policy and government relations team has written to IAMAI for removal of any mention of 'Zero Rating' from its submission to the Department of Telecom.

Facebook starts public campaign in India to defend Internet.org
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Facebook starts public campaign in India to defend Internet.org

Facebook is mustering the support of its users in India to defend its platform Internet.org, with just a week left for public comments on a DoT panel's report, which says free Internet services like that of the social network's, violate the net neutrality principle.

Net Neutrality: DoT report recommends VoIP regulation; here's how the industry reacted
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Net Neutrality: DoT report recommends VoIP regulation; here's how the industry reacted

An official panel on net neutrality has proposed regulation of domestic calls on Internet-based apps like Skype, WhatsApp and Viber by putting them on par with services offered by telecom operators, a recommendation that came under immediate attack from industry bodies.

DoT net neutrality panel proposes to regulate internet calls, oppose Internet.org, Airtel Zero
India

DoT net neutrality panel proposes to regulate internet calls, oppose Internet.org, Airtel Zero

A government panel on Net neutrality has proposed regulation of domestic calls made using Internet-based calling applications such as Skype, Whatsapp and Viber, and put them on par with phone call services offered by telecom operators.

After net neutrality debate, DoT panel recommends regulation and monitoring of mobile app content
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After net neutrality debate, DoT panel recommends regulation and monitoring of mobile app content

After months of debate on net neutrality, a committee set up by the Department of Telecom has recommended steps to regulate and monitor content in mobile apps. It has even recommended moving data servers to India.

Digital India: Net Neutrality a key parameter for Digital India campaign to succeed, say experts
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Digital India: Net Neutrality a key parameter for Digital India campaign to succeed, say experts

While the PM did mention net neutrality in passing, experts feel that having an open internet will eventually prove to be a bigger test when it comes to executing the vision of Digital India.

DoT panel opposes Facebook's Internet.org, but Airtel Zero to be allowed with clearances
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DoT panel opposes Facebook's Internet.org, but Airtel Zero to be allowed with clearances

A DoT panel on net neutrality is learnt to have opposed projects like Facebook's Internet.org, which allow access to certain websites without mobile data charges, while suggesting that similar plans such as Airtel Zero be allowed with prior clearance from Trai.

Report on net neutrality to be out soon: Here's a look at the timeline to know how it all started
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Report on net neutrality to be out soon: Here's a look at the timeline to know how it all started

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday confirmed that the government will soon come out with its report on the issue of net neutrality. He also said the telecom department is waiting for the report from sectoral regulator TRAI.

Google puts zero rating plan on hold in India after public backlash against Airtel, Facebook
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Google puts zero rating plan on hold in India after public backlash against Airtel, Facebook

After the masses reacted strongly against the decision to introduce zero-rating platforms in India, Google has reportedly decided to hold its plan to provide free data to users by zero-rating a few apps. The company also fears a backlash from the public, as seen previously by Airtel and Facebook.

Government may block zero rating plans to support Net Neutrality: Report
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Government may block zero rating plans to support Net Neutrality: Report

Now, news has it that the government may not allow zero-rating plans in India.

DoT secretary says Airtel Zero platform violates Net Neutrality: Report
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DoT secretary says Airtel Zero platform violates Net Neutrality: Report

DoT secretary Rakesh Garg tells Business Standard in an interview that Airtel Zero violates net neutrality.

Net Neutrality: Cellular operators association gets support of 4 million Indians
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Net Neutrality: Cellular operators association gets support of 4 million Indians

Four million mobile subscribers have supported COAI's campaign favouring net neutrality for internet-based communication services like WhatsApp and Skype and their being subject to norms similar to those applying to mobile phone operators, the apex body of cellular operators said.