Top Story

e4m_logo.png

Home >> Digital >> Article

Net Neutrality report soon, assures Ravi Shankar Prasad

30-June-2015
Font Size   16
Net Neutrality report soon, assures Ravi Shankar Prasad

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured that the government will be releasing its report on Net Neutrality “very soon”. Speaking with media in the capital on Saturday, he said that the government is waiting for regulator TRAI to place its findings before the government.

TRAI has been without a chief since the tenure of Rahul Khullar got over on May 13, 2015.

http://www.exchange4media.com/tv/is-ram-sewak-sharma-the-favourite-to-take-over-as-new-trai-chief_60001.html

The government is yet to appoint its successor though Prasad also added that an appointment would be made soon.

Net Neutrality is a contentious issue and has been hotly debated by netizens over the last few months. The concept of Net Neutrality at its very basic entails that the internet will be free and open to everyone with no preference to one service provider over another.

The matter came to a head when Airtel launched its controversial Airtel Zero platform, which would have allowed marketers to pay for customers coming to their app/service over an Airtel connection. Following a huge public outrage, many brands like Flipkart, Cleartrip, NDTV, etc. decided against being a part of the platform.

http://www.exchange4media.com/digital/net-neutralitydoes-airtel-zero-deserve-the-backlash_59700.html

Over the following weeks, more than 1 million emails supporting Net Neutrality were sent to TRAI.
Facebook’s Internet.org also came under criticism and finally Founder Mark Zuckerberg had to announce that the platform would be open for everyone.

http://www.exchange4media.com/digital/facebook-opens-internet.org-for-developers-service-providers_59906.html

Along with the decision on Net Neutrality, both the government and TRAI also have to announce their plans for the related issue of OTT or Over-The-Top services, which are services provided over the internet. Typical examples of these include Whatsapp, Spuul, Hotstar, etc. Telcos have long wanted to curb these services claiming they eat into revenues without paying any fees. In April, TRAI had released a consultation paper asking for opinions for need of a framework for OTT in India. TRAI has yet to release their recommendations regarding this though the mushrooming OTT industry in the country is understandably unhappy about any potential rules and regulations.

http://www.exchange4media.com/digital/net-neutralitywhy-is-the-ott-industry-against-regulation_59734.html

Tags Ravi Shankar Prasad Net Neutrality TRAI telecom Rahul Khullar Airtel

Vijay Mansukhani, speaks to exchange4media about the resurgence of Onida, the scope of growth of consumer electronics market in India and the reasons why Indian consumer electronics brands don’t compete on a global scale

Projjol Banerjea opens up about hiring Anne Macdonald and GroupM's Rob Norman, and the brand's new identity

Meera Iyer tells exchange4media that in FY 2016/17, bigbasket clocked a revenue of Rs 1,400 crore. The online supermarket currently stands at 70,000 orders a day, with operations in 25 cities.

CMO, Kashyap Vadapalli on the start-up’s marketing play, why it has decided to stay away from IPL and response to its furniture rental apps

In an exclusive data shared with e4m, Pan Masala/Zarda/Gutkha had the highest jump of 185 per cent in terms of ad volumes in the first 14 matches

Bose, who has a career spanning over two decades, was DNA’s Editor-in-Chief. He has previously been associated with the India Today Group

Vijay Mansukhani, speaks to exchange4media about the resurgence of Onida, the scope of growth of consumer electronics market in India and the reasons why Indian consumer electronics brands don’t compe...