TRAI may issue recommendations on net neutrality in a month

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018

TRAI Chairman, R S Sharma. (file photo)

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is expected to issue recommendations on the controversial issue of net neutrality in about a month.

“All stakeholders are actively participating in this (net neutrality) debate. I think TRAI should be able to give appropriate recommendations to the government which they have asked for,” TRAI Chairman RS Sharma told reporters here today on the sidelines of an open house discussion on the issue.

When asked about the timeline for recommendations, Sharma said: “It should not take more than a month.”

The telecom operators and internet content providers have been at loggerheads over the issue of net neutrality.

While telecom operators have been asking for cost sharing with content providers, internet companies have been pushing for low-cost internet services and all move that can increase the cost of internet services for consumers.

The government has said that it will decide on the framework for net neutrality after getting TRAI recommendations.

Net neutrality debate in India sparked off after Airtel in December 2014 had announced a plan to charge data consumed for making internet-based calls at base rate.

The base rate of 2G mobile internet were over 500 times high at Rs 10,000 per GB approximately compared with around Rs 175-180 that companies were charging for 1 GB on the same network under a scheme.

The debate further heated up after Airtel and social media firm Facebook launched free internet platforms. These platforms were banned by TRAI in February 2016.

Published on August 30, 2017

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