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Net neutrality: TRAI told to stay away

| PAWAN BALI
Published Apr 18, 2015, 6:10 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 10:47 am IST
Internet companies want telecom regulator to stay away after receiving sentimental support from public
Internet companies want the telecom regulator, Trai and telecom department to keep away from net neutrality
 Internet companies want the telecom regulator, Trai and telecom department to keep away from net neutrality
New Delhi: Riding on the wave of public sentiment in their favour, internet companies want the telecom regulator, Trai and telecom department to keep away from net neutrality and withdraw the consultation paper on the issue. “Whatever net neutrality is there we will fight it out in the markets with the telecos we dont need government’s help. The moment government or Trai steps in, they are going to do something very wrong. That is what we fear,” Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI) president Subho Ray told this newspaper. 
 
“We dont need any help from Trai or DoT. We want the government to get off. There is great eco-system of start ups which is just about beginning. We dont want that to be quashed. So we want governments to keep away from it,” Mr Ray said.  The regulator has invited public comments on a discussion paper on policy framework for net-neutrality and over the top services. 
 
Separately DoT has also set up a committee on net neutrality. Mr Ray said that Trai consultation paper is biased against the internet companies.  “The problem with the Trai’s consultation paper is that it takes you back to the license permit raj. It wants to give license to the internet companies. It is a sinister design as you want the companies to pay some revenue share to the telecos,” he said. He claimed that telecos,  instead of losses are making profits from data services.  
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