Govt receives over 73,000 comments on net neutrality

net-neutralityAs many as 73,326 people posted their views on the Department of Telecom (DoT) report on, the government’s platform for citizen engagement.

Most people lent their support to net neutrality. The deadline for comments on Net neutrality ended on August 20.

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.