Trai Extends Deadline to Air Views on Net Neutrality
New Delhi: India’s telecom regulator has extended the deadline to receive views and counterviews on a net neutrality consultation paper to March 22. The paper, issued on January 4, had earlier sought stakeholder views by February 28.
“On request from the stakeholders, the last date for receipt of written comments, if any, from the stakeholders has been extended up to March 15 and counter-comments by March 22, 2017,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said Tuesday.
The regulator had previously set a February 15 deadline for receiving written comments on the issue.
Trai is seeking views on establishing a comprehensive framework that allows users non-discriminatory access to the internet in the consultation paper on net neutrality, the subject of a bitter debate between content providers and telecom operators. The regulator posed 14 questions that attempt to define the concept of net neutrality in the Indian context in a 65-page document. The aim is to ensure that access is not blocked, throttled or preferentially treated by service providers.
The paper follows a pre-consultation paper on the subject in May 2016, although the debate began early 2015 after it was alleged that telcos had violated the principle of net neutrality by tying up with content providers and providing them toll-free access.