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Net Neutrality war rages on in mygov.in

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mygovThursday is the the last day for submitting comments and suggestions to the government on mygov.in, as a huge debate is going on regarding Net Neutrality. The deadline was extended by five days on August 15 after a lot of people came up with their comments. As of now, around 70,000 people have submitted their comments and suggestions on the issue.

In the month of April, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had received more than one million comments with a large number of people demanding implementation of ideal net neutrality.

Net neutrality calls for an equal treatment to all the internet traffic without any special favours to an entity or firm on the basis of payment for content or service providers such as telecom companies, which seems unjust.

The expert panel has proposed regulation of domestic calls through internet-based apps like Skype, Whatsapp and Viber putting them on par with services offered by telecom operator. However, the committee has suggested a free approach to app-based international calls.

As per the data from TRAI, the pricing difference is around 12.5 times in the case of a voice call and 16 times for messages between services offered by telecom operators and Over-the-top (OTT) players.

Net Neutrality became a bone of contention in the wake of Bharti Airtel announcing a plan to include separate charges for VoIP calls at standard rates. The government will now take the decision after going through the public opinion and recommendations of TRAI.

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