wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

IAMAI says Differential Pricing violates net neutrality; offers alternatives


The Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), in its submission to TRAI’s consultation paper, has said differential pricing for data usage for accessing different websites, applications and platforms by telecom operators should not be allowed as it violates the principles of Net Neutrality. It adds that the practice will be anti competitive for other platforms.

The internet body also stated that the pricing models suggested by TRAI in the consultation paper contravene the regulatory authority’s own stated principles of being non discriminatory, transparent, competitive, non-predatory, non ambiguous and not misleading.

Earlier in December, the TRAI issued another consultation paper on net neutrality, asking whether telecom operators should be allowed to charge differently for different websites, focused purely on the price discrimination aspect. This was a follow up to a consultation paper it put out in May this year.

Also read: What we missed: Developments around Net Neutrality in India

Alternatives models proposed
IAMAI also proposed a number of alternative models that can provide free or discounted Internet access to people which do not violate the principles of net neutrality. Some of them are:

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Customer Subsidy Mechanisms: Subsidy schemes as adopted under the flagship Government schemes such as MGNREGA could be adopted to provide free data to the customers. Free internet coupons can be given to consumers who can select which apps or websites to use.

Time Based Model: Operators can provide hourly and daily passes for access to its WiFi network

Freemium Models: Under this model the service providers can offer managed service for public locations (e.g., coffee shops, hotels, airports, stadiums, railway stations) that want to provide free access to their customers and employees.

Wholesale Model: Internet providers can form partnerships with venue owners so they could propose WiFi networks with a discounted or free model to the end customers. In this model the operator shares the investment costs and revenue with the venue partners.

Community Hotspots: This model is popular in western countries where the WiFi connections at home hubs enable users to share their WiFi signals with others.

 In Transit Model: IAMAI also said that there is a demand for WiFi roaming among a broad base of consumers, including those who don’t use data at all while roaming for fear of bill shock. Public transport such as bus, train and cabs can be WiFi enabled.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



Find out how people’s health data is understood to have value and who can benefit from that value.


The US and other countries' retreat from a laissez-faire approach to regulating markets presents India with a rare opportunity.


When news that Walmart would soon accept cryptocurrency turned out to be fake, it also became a teachable moment.


The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.


In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...

You May Also Like


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ