Centre for Internet & Society

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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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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