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Net neutrality: TRAI recommendations likely to keep Indian context in mind

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NEW DELHI: Telecom regulator TRAI which said it is expected to issue recommendations on the controversial issue of net neutrality in about a month, however, may define it more in the Indian context.

"All stakeholders are actively participating in this (net neutrality) debate. I think TRAI should be able to give appropriate recommendation to the government, which they have asked for," PTI quoted TRAI chairman RS Sharma as telling reporters here on the sidelines of an open house discussion on the issue. Asked for a timeline for recommendations, he said: "It should not take more than a month." 

At today's open house, lasting several hours, many additional ideas and theories were thrown up at the regulator with participants bringing in issues like IoT (internet of things) and operating systems' capabilities to block content in the context of net neutrality. For the records, there's no one single definition of NN that is used globally and many regions and countries define it largely in the context of their nation. 

The base rate of 2G mobile internet were over 500 times high at Rs 10,000 per GB approximately compared to around Rs 175-180 that companies were charging for 1 GB on the same network under a scheme.

The debate further heated up after Airtel and social media firm Facebook separately launched free internet platforms. These platforms were banned by TRAI in February 2016.

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