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TRAI receives over 1 million petitions on net neutrality

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Censor Pakistan InternetThe Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has received more than 1 million petitions from the supporters of net neutrality to ‘keep internet free’.

TRAI has sought public comments till April 24 before making its recommendations on net neutrality and Internet-based calling and messaging applications. “Over one million email submissions have been submitted to TRAI ,” said SaveTheInternet, a campaign group consisting of over 900 million volunteers.

It said in a statement that the number of responses could be even higher, as savetheinternet.in platform counts only those submissions that are copied to its email addresses. The users are allowed to edit and substitute its template before making their submissions to the TRAI.

Highlighting some of the important issues like need for regulatory environment, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued the ‘Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services’ seeking comments of all stakeholders.

The term over-the-top (OTT) refers to applications and services which are accessible over the internet and ride on operators’ networks offering internet access services e.g. social networks, search engines, amateur video aggregation sites etc. Skype, WatsApp, etc. are some famous OTT players.

The paper was released in the backdrop of ongoing debate amongst Governments, industry and consumers around the world regarding the regulation of OTT services and about net-neutrality. It covers the views of the service providers and OTT providers, related issues, international scenario, etc.

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