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
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.
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.
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
Here are some of the reactions that made #netneutrality the top trend on Monday
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now, news has it that the government may not allow zero-rating plans in India.
DoT secretary Rakesh Garg tells Business Standard in an interview that Airtel Zero violates net neutrality.
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.