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Trai open house on net neutrality in Bengaluru

Net neutrality denies priority to any entity in internet traffic on account of payments to providers

Kiran Rathee  |  New Delhi 

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The Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will on July 25 hold an open house discussion on in Bengaluru.

The regulator plans to hold such discussions at multiple locations due to public interest in the issue and also to collect divergent views. It conducted a similar open house discussion in Mumbai in May.

denies priority to any entity in traffic on account of payments to like companies.

had in January issued a consultation paper on and had asked stakeholders to submit their comments. In its pre-consultation paper issued last May, had discussed the definition of net neutrality, unrestricted access and transparency, customer privacy, and national security.

After the open house discussions, will issue its recommendations on the matter.

became a hotly contested issue a few years ago after Bharti Airtel decided to charge separately for Internet-based calls but withdrew the proposal after people protested. Later, 

Airtel launched Airtel Zero, which provided free access to certain websites. Facebook also launched its org platform, renamed Free Basics. banned the platforms as part of its ruling on differential pricing.

The Department of Telecommunications had also submitted a report on in 2015, but has not moved on framing rules. The Centre had said it would decide on the framework on after receiving Trai’s recommendations.