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Video: How Would Network Fee On Online Communication Apps Impact Net Neutrality?

TRAI’s consultation paper makes recommendations for regulation of online communication platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.

Recently, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) published a consultation paper making recommendations for regulation of online communication platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Zoom, etc. One of the important arguments made in the paper is that online communication platforms must pay telecom companies for using the infrastructure of the telecom service providers.

The reasoning for this being, communication platforms offer same kind of service OTT communication services, which is essentially calling and messaging, and yet they are eating away at the customer base of the telcos. But is this argument justified? Are telcos facing challenges because of OTT communication apps?

In this video, MediaNama Founder-Editor Nikhil Pahwa, answers these questions and highlights the impact of network fee on net neutrality. Pahwa is of the view that communication apps are not freeriding on the internet, they are simply paying their edge ISPs. If the network fee arrangement were to become a reality, it would imply that websites would be double charged or even triple charged by ISPs.

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

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



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