Centre for Internet & Society

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

Posted by Sunil Abraham at Dec 25, 2015 02:58 PM |

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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Gauging Users' Reactions Towards Zero Rating

Posted by Aadya Misra at Nov 25, 2015 03:30 PM |
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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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The Buzz Around TV White Space

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Nov 06, 2015 12:00 AM |
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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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Digital India - Now to Work

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Oct 03, 2015 03:00 PM |

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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Comments on the DoT Panel Report via MyGov

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Sep 26, 2015 10:16 AM |
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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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More On Those Dropped Calls

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Sep 04, 2015 04:00 AM |
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A basic problem is that the cost of spectrum and licences relative to earnings is too high, structurally.

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Those Dropped Calls

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Aug 06, 2015 12:00 AM |
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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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Funding of National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) - Who's Accountable?

Posted by Aditya Garg at Jul 17, 2015 02:20 AM |
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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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Regulatory Perspectives on Net Neutrality

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at Jul 08, 2015 02:30 PM |

In this paper Pranesh Prakash gives an overview on why India needs to put in place net neutrality regulations, and the form that those regulations must take to avoid being over-regulation.

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The Centrality of Cash Flows

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jul 02, 2015 06:00 PM |
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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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Unfettering Stranded Capacity

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jun 04, 2015 02:00 PM |
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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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TRAI and the Disclosure of Personal Information

Posted by Nehaa Chaudhari and Vidushi Marda at May 10, 2015 09:16 AM |

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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Stranded Capacities & Greater Expectations

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at May 10, 2015 07:05 AM |
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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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Response to TRAI Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-Top (OTT) Services

Posted by Pranesh Prakash at May 09, 2015 11:27 AM |
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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

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Mar 30, 2015 12:00 PM |
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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

Posted by Tarun Krishnakumar at Mar 19, 2015 01:40 AM |
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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

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Dec 28, 2014 01:25 AM |
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India's current policies for telecommunications don't serve our interests. Here's what must change.

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Transformation, or Drift?

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Aug 11, 2014 04:57 AM |
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We need transformative policies and incentives with purpose, especially in solar power and digital infrastructure.

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“OTTs Eating Into Our Revenue”: Telcos in India

Posted by Geetha Hariharan at Aug 07, 2014 09:00 AM |
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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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A Great Start (for the Modi government)

Posted by Shyam Ponappa at Jun 05, 2014 09:00 AM |
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The National Democratic Alliance government has made a terrific start. Time will tell how this plays out, but it has begun decisively and set a sure tone.

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