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Net neutrality debate: More transpiracy needed for ‘specialised’ VoIp and IPTV services

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-Tony Verghese & Arjun Krishnamoorthy

In January 2015, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) constituted a committee on net neutrality, which submitted its recommendations in May 2015. These included, amongst others, a requirement that telecom service providers follow core principles of net neutrality. In March 2015, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a consultation paper relating to the regulatory framework for OTT services, which also went into the questions of net neutrality, and traffic management. Following a pre-consultation paper in May 2016 to identify key issues regarding net neutrality, and taking into consideration the comments received from the stakeholders, including telecom service providers who were in favour of net neutrality, TRAI issued a detailed consultation paper in January 2017 that focused on the requirements for implementing a framework for net neutrality. Following a series of open house discussions, TRAI, on November 28, 2017, issued its ‘Recommendations on Net Neutrality’ to DoT.

In July........

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