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Net Neutrality in India: That’s what telcos said

Here's what Telecom Operators have said over the past few years, which we see as anti-net neutrality, and as attempts to slice the Internet into service offerings. To understand what Net Neutrality is about, read our simplified explanation here. Cellular Operators Association of India "...there is a need to find alternatives to monetize these services, by exploring a revenue sharing arrangement between the over-the-top service providers (Internet companies) and telecom service providers. COAI Members believe there is a crucial need to initiate dialogue and work with the Government of India on this issue" - Rajan Mathews, Cellular Operators Association of India on May 16, 2014. (Source: Hindu Businessline) Bharti Airtel "Today, Google, Yahoo! and others are enjoying at the cost of network operator. We are the ones investing in setting up data pipes and they make the money. There is interconnection for voice then why not for data”..."They are completely bypassing the telecom operator. There should be a fair revenue share" - Jagbir Singh, Director, Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel on July 20, 2012. (source: Hindu Businessline) * "If we have to build the highways, there has got to be a tax on highways. You cannot have automobiles running on these highways which are paying nothing" (One approach could be to impose interconnect charges on OTT services to allow operators to make pricing more reasonable and fund spectrum and network investment)..."We need to open up a debate for the right model" - Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and MD, Bharti Airtel, on…

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