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Deadline to send TRAI comments on its consultation regulating messaging apps extended

Such regulation might prevent equal access to different apps or websites, thereby creating a detrimental effect on net neutrality.  

Update on August 18, 1:30 PM: Based on requests from stakeholders, the last date for submission of comments and counter comments has been extended to 1st September and 15th September 2023 respectively.

Original story was published on August 18 at 11:15 AM

Today is the final day to send in your comments for the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) consultation on regulation and selective banning of Over-The-Top (OTT) communication services (like WhatsApp or Telegram). Such regulation might prevent equal access to different apps or websites, thereby creating a detrimental effect on net neutrality.  

We, therefore, encourage you to submit your comments to TRAI to ensure that the internet remains free and neutral. Comments can be sent to Shri Akhilesh Kumar Trivedi, Advisor (Network, Spectrum & Licensing), TRAI, at advmn@trai.gov.in

But before you do, here are some of our stories on the issue of net neutrality to help you make sense of the issue: 

  • A Summary: TRAI releases consultation paper on calling and messaging app regulation. [Read]
  • TRAI Convergence Consultation: Is there a need for a separate convergence framework? [Read]
  • TRAI’s consultation paper on licensing of internet services. [Read]
  • Why TRAI wants to regulate OTT platforms. [Read]
  • MediaNama’s comments to TRAI on traffic management and an advisory body for net neutrality. [Read]
  • LIVE: TRAI’s net neutrality open house discussion on traffic management practices. [Read]
  • Can we expect a neutral consultation from the TRAI on net neutrality? [Read]
  • Ashwini Vaishnaw on draft Telecom Bill regulating WhatsApp, mandating KYC And revealing caller identity. [Read]
  • Reliance Jio wants regulation for all internet Co’s in India, hosting In India – TRAI OTT Consultation. [Read]

We also conducted a discussion on this consultation paper. Here are some snippets from that which might be helpful:

  • What are the technical and regulatory challenges in the selective banning of online apps? [Read]
  • App bans over internet shutdowns? Experts explore issues around effectiveness, impact, and transparency. [Read]
  • Do we need specific definitions of services to regulate OTT apps? [Read]
  • Should communication apps contribute to the USO fund? [Read]
  • Is it fair to charge communication platforms a network fee? [Read]

You can watch the entire discussion here.

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