Centre for Internet & Society

Millions of Indians Slam Facebook's ‘Free Basics’ App

by Subhashish Panigrahi

It has been less than two months since the nationwide launch of the Free Basics app in India. The smart phone application (formerly known as Internet.org) offers free access to Facebook, Facebook-owned products like WhatsApp, and a select suite of other websites for users who do not pay for mobile data plans.

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The Free Basics debate: Trai has a point in imposing temporary ban on net neutrality

by Sunil Abraham

The argument against net neutrality in India is simple. Regulation cannot be based on dogma – evidence of harm must be provided before you can advocate for rules for ISPs and telecom operators.

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The Buzz Around TV White Space

by Shyam Ponappa

Large blocks of underused spectrum lie tantalizingly out of reach, waiting for enabling regulation, administration, and to some extent technology, to accelerate our move towards Digital India.

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Gauging Users' Reactions Towards Zero Rating

by Aadya Misra

In the ongoing debate about zero-rated plans and net neutrality, this blog post aims to study the possible effects of a survey conducted in Bangalore to gauge users' reactions towards such plans, and specifically "limited packs" offered by major telecom companies.

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Digital India - Now to Work

by Shyam Ponappa

There's a buzz about Digital India again with an Indian PM finally reaching Silicon Valley. So are we close to broadband taking off, or is this just more hype?

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More On Those Dropped Calls

by Shyam Ponappa

A basic problem is that the cost of spectrum and licences relative to earnings is too high, structurally.

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Comments on the DoT Panel Report via MyGov

by Pranesh Prakash

On behalf of the Centre for Internet and Society, I must commend the Department of Telecom Panel on its report. Overall, it displays a far better understanding of the underlying issues than the TRAI consultation paper did, and is overall a good effort at balancing the different sides. However, some of its most important recommendations are completely off-mark and would be disastrous if accepted by the government.

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Those Dropped Calls

by Shyam Ponappa

And what could be done to fix them...Why do we have so many dropped calls on our mobile phones? Operators say it's because of the closure and shortage of cell towers, and too little spectrum.

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The Centrality of Cash Flows

by Shyam Ponappa

Greece's experience tells us that cash flows are crucial to economic outcomes. No matter how far-reaching the vision, ambition, and slogans, the effects of cash flows are profound and inevitable.

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Funding of National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) - Who's Accountable?

by Aditya Garg

The National Optic Fibre Network, a part of the Government's Digital India Initiative, has been in the news since the recent Expert Committee Report. In this Blog, the author examines the Accountability of the funding of the project.

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