Stage Set for Open House Discussion on Data Pricing

Published: 20th January 2016 02:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th January 2016 02:59 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The telecom regulator Trai is set to conduct an open house discussion on differential pricing for data services, a key aspect of net neutrality, on January 21.

In a notification, Trai said, “Interested stakeholders are invited to participate” in open house discussion on its consultation paper on ‘Differential Prices for Data Services’. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office has also stepped into the raging debate, and the policy makers are ensuring that the views of the PMO will be considered before finalising the policy. 

Telecom operators have favoured differential pricing for data services while net neutrality activists continue to oppose any differential pricing regime, saying it would amount to curbs on freedom of choice to access Internet.

 Social networking giant Facebook has also launched a massive campaign to project its Free Basics platform as a tool to spread web connectivity.

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