Trai to bring out soon consultation papers on free data and net neutrality

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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman R S Sharma said on Wednesday that the final consultation paper on ‘free data’ would be out by end-month along with a pre-consultation paper on Net neutrality. The world over, there has been debates on topics such as free data and Net neutrality because in some way they are beneficial to one party, but discriminating to the other.
Speaking on the sidelines of launch of a new portal — ‘Quality of Services (QoS)’, he said TRAI is trying its best to find solutions for consumer satisfaction and protection through various consultation papers and such portals.
The consultation paper on free data was released on May 19. It had asked if there was a possibility of giving free data as rewards to customers, and if such models should be regulated. However, the idea was opposed by various content providers and telecom service providers (TSPs).
There have been debates on models such as Facebook’s Free Basics and Airtel Zero, which TRAI has prohibited under its discriminatory pricing order.

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