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Telecom Dept to hold meeting with advisory group on net neutrality

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websiteA committee of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), set up to examine various aspects of net neutrality, has decided to hold a meeting with the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) on April 27 to discuss the issue.

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

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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