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The principle of network neutrality states that all data flowing across the Internet must be treated equally, without discriminating on the basis of the nature of its contents, its origin, destination, or any other attribute. This means, for instance, that an Internet Service Provider must not forfeit or discount data charges that accrue when accessing content from a particular content provider, whereas accessing content from a competing content provider is subject to regular data charges. This assumption of equal treatment of data is one of the underlying factors responsible for the explosive growth of the Internet, as it provides a level playing field for everyone to create and distribute content and services to a global audience i.e. with no unfair advantages based on resources and/or influence. We strive to ensure that the principle of net neutrality is respected in India by working with the Government and other stakeholders to incorporate it into relevant laws and policies, and by resisting initiatives that attempt violations in the name of proliferating Internet access.

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Our Counter Comments to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had published a consultation paper on 12 November 2018 for the creation of a regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) communication services. OTT services are those services which are used or delivered over the Internet. Basically, if you need Internet for something, then it is an over-the-top service. On […]

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Our Comments to TRAI’s Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had published a consultation paper on 12 November 2018 for the creation of a regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) communication services. OTT services are those services which are used or delivered over the Internet. Basically, if you need Internet for something, then it is an over-the-top service. Yesterday, […]

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SFLC.in’s comments on TRAI’s consultation paper on net neutrality

In January 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India published what is expected to be the last in a series of Consultation Papers on net neutrality in India, and invited public comments on several questions related to the issue. Much of the focus of this consultation was on defining the scope of traffic management practices adopted by […]

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TRAI Open House Discussion: Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks

On January 9, 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India held an Open House Discussion (OHD) on its September 2016 consultation paper titled “Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks”. The discussion was held from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, and was attended by over 100 stakeholders from the Government, […]

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Counter Comments to the Consultation Paper on Free Data

Following our initial comments on the Consultation Paper on Free Data, below are our set of counter comments that serve as responses to the comments made by TSPs and TSP associations. Though a number of substantive proposals have been made in response to the Consultation Paper, owing to the large volume of comments, we have […]

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SFLC.in’s Comments on the TRAI Pre-Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on May 30, 2016 published a Pre-Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality, inviting stakeholder comments on 6 broad questions including the core principles of net neutrality, permissible traffic management techniques that may be adopted by Internet service providers, the ideal regulatory approach to net neutrality, and relevant privacy and […]

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SFLC.in’s Comments on the TRAI Consultation Paper on Free Data

On 19 May, 2016 the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India floated a Consultation Paper on Free Data, inviting stakeholder comments on the need for a Telecom Service Provider agnostic platform to provide free Internet to the under-privileged, the need to regulate such platforms, and whether free data needs to be provided over fixed-line broadband in […]

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Free Basics Investigation

So while all of us were busy turning the consultation paper on differential pricing of data services put out by TRAI into a battle ground for Net Neutrality in India, on the sidelines, we decided to checkout Free Basics in action. So we got hold of a Reliance SIM card and a dying smart phone […]

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Counter Comments: TRAI Consultation Paper on Differential Pricing

Based on the comments received by TRAI on the Consultation Paper on Different Pricing for Data Services, SFLC.in has submitted these counter comments as solicited by TRAI. Below is the full text of the counter comments submitted by TRAI.[PDF] Executive Summary The Internet creates new problems in policy, but they are not unprecedented. Traditional patterns […]

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Comments on TRAI Consultation Paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had published a consultation paper on 9 December 2015, seeking opinions from stakeholders on “Differential Pricing of Data Services”. Update: In response to the comments published on TRAI’s website, we have also submitted our counter-comments. Below is the full text of our comments submitted to TRAI. [PDF] Introduction: We […]

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On the TRAI Consultation Paper on Differential Pricing on Data Services

The Telecom regulatory Authority of India has issued a Consultation Paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services on November 9, 2015 and invited public comments to be sent by December 30, 2015. The paper discusses issues related to differential tariff plans of the Telecom Service providers (TSPs) who offer zero or discounted tariffs to content […]

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Interventions in the Internet Governance Forum 2015 by SFLC.in

Implementing Core Principles in the Digital Age Mishi Choudhary on the panel talking about privacy, surveillance and its role in a free democracy. She also discusses self assigned innovation by technologists which the example of the FreedomBox project supported by the Freedom Box Foundation. Zero rating and neutrality policies in developing countries Can Internet rights […]

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Interventions in the Internet Governance Forum 2015 by SFLC.in

Implementing Core Principles in the Digital Age Mishi Choudhary on the panel talking about privacy, surveillance and its role in a free democracy. She also discusses self assigned innovation by technologists which the example of the FreedomBox project supported by the Freedom Box Foundation. Zero rating and neutrality policies in developing countries Can Internet rights […]

Net Neutrality: Bottom-up Perspectives

Half-day Consultation 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 22 April 2015, Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum SFLC.IN in association with ICFOSS, ISOC Trivandrum, IEEE Kerala Section, and Swatantra Malayalam Computing, is organizing a half- day consultation bringing together a cross-section of stakeholders, to highlight the issues around Net Neutrality and to stimulate debate and action. In particular, the […]