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Waiting for TRAI report on net neutrality: Telecom Minister

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Ravi-Shankar-PrasadThe telecom department is waiting for the report from the the Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the issue of net neutrality.

The government will soon come out with its report on net neutrality, but we are waiting for TRAI report on the issue,” Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

The telecom departmen submitted its report to Prasad earlier this month.

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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