Centre for Internet & Society

CIS Submission to TRAI Consultation on Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi­Fi Networks

by Sunil Abraham, Sharath Chandra Ram, Vidushi Marda, and Thejaswi Melarkode

The Centre for Internet and Society (“CIS”) is grateful for the opportunity to comment on this Consultation Paper (“Paper”). The comments were prepared by Sunil Abraham, Sharath Chandra Ram, Vidushi Marda, and Thejaswi Melarkode. Special thanks to Shyam Ponappa and Arjun Venkatraman for their inputs and feedback.

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Airtel Open Network

by Harsh Gupta and Aditya Tejas

Today, Airtel launched its Open Network platform. The web page displays visualization data on network coverage and signal strength across the country, as well as a detailed breakdown of cell tower placement, including towers that are shutdown or still being planned.

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Breakthroughs Needed For Digital India

by Shyam Ponappa

It's time the government accepts that current policies are not enough to bring about Digital India.

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Connectivity: Let's Apply What We Know

by Shyam Ponappa

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it - George Santayana. Reprise good decisions, and avoid the missteps.

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TRAI Consultation on Differential Pricing for Data Services - Post-Open House Discussion Submission

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

The Centre for Internet and Society sent this submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) following the Open House Discussion on Differential Pricing of Data Services, held in Delhi on February 21, 2016.

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Bottled-Up National Assets

by Shyam Ponappa

Apply electronic toll collection systems to roads, and adapt road network concepts in organizing and managing communications networks.

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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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