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Other comments from the TRAI’s Internet Services regulation seminar

This is a part of our ongoing coverage from presentations and comments made at the TRAI seminar on regulation of Internet services, held on the 5th of August 2014 in Delhi. Check our entire coverage here. Please pardon the typos. Some statements are paraphrased, and some comments may have been missed: I'm shocked that you're asking this question - What is net neutrality? What is Freedom of speech? Sir, Net neutrality stands for: anyone who is offering anything on the Internet, it is available to every user, without discrimination of the source - without limiting, throttling or restricting one service over another. That is what is expected. I understand that there is a business case of networks going through some stress because some services take more bandwidth than others. This is something that is a business discussion. When TRAI defines Quality of Service (on voice), everyone is able to make a phone call to everyone. Not certain number of people able to call certain other people, but everyone should be able to call everybody. - Vijay Shekhar Sharma, One97 We never asked to ask the regulator to dictate a revenue share. The example which I quoted was a Google-France Telecom example, which is bilateral. Point number two, we never asked for any protection. All I am saying is that there is a market failure. I am subjected to various regulations, payments and obligation imposed on me, and I cannot compete. I am the backbone on which these services exist. They can't…

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