Free data, net neutrality: Discussion on TRAI paper

by Prasad Krishna last modified Oct 25, 2016 01:34 AM
Given the complicated issues around net neutrality, an open house discussion was held in Hyderabad on October 24, 2016 on Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s consultation paper on free data. The event was organized by TRAI. Udbhav Tiwari attended the open house discussion.

The consultation paper by TRAI can be found here.  I largely espoused the position put forth by CIS in its Written Comments submitted to TRAI in June, 2016 which can be found here. The TRAI open house discussion was attended by:

  • Telenor
  • Reliance Communications Ltd.
  • Idea Cellular
  • Aircel
  • COAI & AUSPI
  • IAMAI
  • Datami
  • Internet Freedom Foundation

There was also a seminar on Unsolicited Downloads & Background Exchange organised by TRAI and IIT Hyderabad. The participants in the seminar were:

  • Venki Nishtala, CTO, Rediff.com
  • Ashwani Rana, Head of Connectivity & Access Policy, Facebook
  • Sachin Yadav, Director Forensic Services, PWC
  • Vijay Kolli, Head Mobile Strategy and Market Development, Akamai India
  • Dr. Abhinav Kumar, Assistant Professor, IIT Hyderabad

Also see the report on Indian Television

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