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MediaNama’s submission to TRAI on Free Data and Net Neutrality

In case you missed it, the battle for Net Neutrality in India isn't over yet. The TRAI has multiple processes in place, which collectively cover the areas explored by the regulator in the consultation paper on OTT Regulation, brought out on March 27th last year. The consultation processes taking place currently: - Free data consultation: A follow up of the Differential Pricing (Net Neutrality) ruling - Net Neutrality pre-consultation: looking at throttling and licensing of VoIP. This is likely to be followed by a Net Neutrality consultation. - VoIP licensing: exploring termination of VoIP calls on regular phone calling. Apart from this, there are other consultations in progress: on Mobile TV, and cloud computing. Maybe we've missed listing some (or a dozen). Why is this important? MediaNama, late last night, filed its submission with the TRAI on the issue of Free Data. In the submission, we've raised a concern that "The large number of consultation papers brought out by the TRAI in a short space of time, all related to issues of great concern to the Internet users, some of them related to issues that have already been addressed in previous consultations, makes it difficult for citizens to contribute meaningfully, and goes against the spirit of the process. The TRAI needs to space out its consultation papers. On the issue of Free Data We've raised two initial issues: We are concerned that some of the models which the TRAI has mentioned in this consultation paper might used to evade or bypass…

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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

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