Final views on net neutrality soon: Telecom watchdog

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Indian telecom regulator is hopeful that it will be able to finalise views on net neutrality in a couple of months.

“The DoT (Department of Telecom) has sought comprehensive view from us on net neutrality. It should be done in a couple of months,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman R.S. Sharma said here on Tuesday.

He was speaking on the sidelines of CASBAA India Forum.

A month ago, the TRAI ruled against Facebook’s Free Basics programme, upholding net neutrality and leaving a level playing field for all players.

“No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content,” the TRAI said in a much-awaited regulatory order on discriminatory pricing of data content.

“No service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal, that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged to the consumer on the basis of content,” the watchdog said.

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