Centre for Internet & Society

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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Unfettering Stranded Capacity

by Shyam Ponappa

Government can't control market forces, but can and must fix regulatory issues. First, the good news: the government does appear to be making serious efforts to tackle stranded capacity and stalled projects, as in the instances below. Such issues need to be resolved because of their effect on future investment and employment. Now, the bad news: one part is that some problems need solutions which are fraught with political risk.

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Stranded Capacities & Greater Expectations

by Shyam Ponappa

India's infrastructure is in a shambles because of stranded capacities that don't connect with unmet needs. Every aspect of infrastructure, such as electricity or broadband for communications, needs to be designed and executed to flow through from end to end.

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TRAI and the Disclosure of Personal Information

by Nehaa Chaudhari and Vidushi Marda

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in March 2015 invited comments on its Consultation Paper for the regulation of over-the-top (OTT) services. In an unprecedented wave of public participation, TRAI received over a million e-mails in support of net neutrality.

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Response to TRAI Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-Top (OTT) Services

by Pranesh Prakash

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) sent a joint response to the TRAI Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) Services with scholars from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. The response was sent on March 27, 2015.

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Railway Takeaways for Digital India

by Shyam Ponappa

Extending the approach of the Railway Budget to telecommunications and broadband. For the first time since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) formed the government last year, we have something more than grand aspirational statements to go by.

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TRAI-ing Times: The Story So Far

by Tarun Krishnakumar

24th December, 2014 marked a pivotal moment in the Indian experience with network neutrality. On this date, one of India’s largest telecom players, Bharti Airtel, announced the introduction of a new ‘VoIP’ usage policy for its mobile users.

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A Road Map for Digital India

by Shyam Ponappa

India's current policies for telecommunications don't serve our interests. Here's what must change.

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“OTTs Eating Into Our Revenue”: Telcos in India

by Geetha Hariharan

On August 5, 2014, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India organised a seminar on a regulatory framework for Over-The-Top services. This is a lay discussion of the Seminar and its focus on matters crucial to telecom, the Internet and the existing regulatory framework.

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